Today, I learned that my biological father passed away suddenly at the age of 67 years.
I’d only met him a few times, but I was aware that I had half sisters and brothers somewhere.
I didn’t expect to feel so devastated.
I didn’t expect to learn of his passing from my mother who had read the death notices in the paper today. I’d hoped that someone would try and find me.
On Friday I will attend his funeral in Hobart and there I will at least see 7 new family members – brothers and sisters – who knows how it will go?
I’d spoken about trying to get in contact many times over the past few months, that option no longer exists.
It really does hurt more than I thought it would.
He was my father after all.
I have a contact for care packages containing under garments and clothing for women.
If you know a woman who lost clothing etc in the fires, please contact me and I can pass on the details for you.
There is not much to say really.
Victoria is in the middle of a fire disaster – the worst we have ever seen.
To talk about knitting or stitching, or whinge about train travel seems so trite when so many people have lost their lives or at very best, all their worldly possessions. Whole townships were razed to the ground in what has been described as a firestorm like no other.
Saturday was the hottest day ever recorded in Victoria – 46.3 degrees Celsius (115.34 F) in the city, with temperatures reaching 48 degrees Celsius (118.4F) in out lying suburbs. .
Speaking to my partner Saturday evening, I said I felt guilty going to bed when right at that point in time there were so many people who no longer had a bed to go to. I likened it to September 11 when we sat up all night watching news reports and were just flabbergasted by the situation, sitting there speechless, unable to comment. I was much the same over the weekend. I didn’t want to go to bed, but the news reports continue to reduce me to tears.
108 people are confirmed dead, many others are still missing and fears held for their safety. I urge everyone to donate either to the Red Cross or at their local National Australia Bank, or give donations of clothes, blankets, whatever you can to the local Salvation Army.
Other useful links
Bushfire Hotline – 1800 240 667
Victorian Bushfire Fund – 1800 811 700
Condolence Book – Share your sorrow over the tragedy
Urgent threats – latest information
Transport updates from VicRoads and V/Line
Latest updates from the Country Fire Authority