Boost for bushfire battered family

GIVIT Regional Manager Caroline Odgers and Jesse and Seth Bellchambers with destroyed vehicles and buildings on the property.

The Dunns Road bushfire devastated the Batlow property of the Bellchambers family, destroying the family home, farm buildings, vehicles, machinery and $44,000 worth of livestock.

Their rural and environmental consultancy and contracting business, ‘Rising Sun Bunyips’, was also wiped out when the firestorm hit Batlow with incredible force on January 4.

Theirs was one of the hardest-hit properties in the Snowy Valleys.

They have been struggling to provide a space to homeschool five kids, aged from eight to 21 years old, amidst Covid-19 restrictions.

However, national not-for-profit GIVIT, working with local charity Adelong Community Enterprises Inc and utilising generously donated funds from Brumbies Rugby Bushfire Appeal, donated a shipping container plus laptops (purchased from Harvey Norman Tumut) and furniture (purchased from Pacific Furniture Tumut), so the Bellchambers can have a fully-functioning Term 2 classroom on their property.

Steve Bellchambers and his family are very grateful for the kind gesture.

“It’s wonderful,” Steve said.


“It’s great having this support because it shows we are not forgotten.

“It’s a big encouragement for the kids, and I can’t see them going back to school full-time for a long time.”

Since January 2020, GIVIT has coordinated more than 70,000 donated items for bushfire-affected communities across NSW.

GIVIT Regional Manager Caroline Odgers is working closely with charities and groups across the Snowy Valleys to coordinate specific items requested by people in need – whether their hardships are due to ongoing drought conditions, devastating bushfires, or the economic effects of Covid-19 restrictions.

One hundred per cent of donated funds GIVIT receives goes to purchasing urgent and essential items for Australians in need, and are spent with local businesses whenever possible.

GIVIT encourages all charities and community groups supporting bushfire-affected communities to register with GIVIT for free, so they, too, can request and receive the specific items their communities need.