Original equipment manufacturer, and third-generation business, Barker Trailers, has distributed the first of its funds, $20,000 to the Mallacoota Lions Club, this month following a successful Bush Fire Relief fundraising campaign.
The Mallacoota community lost 120 homes and more than 80 properties were damaged by the bushfires.
As Peter Hillyer from the Lions Club described, the ‘Monster’ which invaded on New Year’s Eve 2019 had a severe impact on businesses, infrastructure and livelihoods.
Witnessing the severe effects of the bushfires, Barker Trailers brought the transport and manufacturing industries together to help assist in a fundraising campaign.
The Barker Trailers team set a goal to sell 10 of its trailers, with each one sold providing funds to the campaign, specifically set up to help the farmers and communities affected by the bushfires.
Barker’s key supply partners also played an essential role in the campaign by donating or discounting parts.
“Everyone should be extremely proud of their efforts and contribution to the Barker Bushfire Relief project,” said Barker Trailers CEO, Simon Meadows.
“It shows how we can all collaborate in many ways to assist and have a positive impact in tough times.
“Nothing will erase the events of the terrible fires, but it’s great to have been able to assist in a small way,” he said.
Today, the focus for the Mallacoota Lions Club is to assist those who lost their place of residence.
“We expect that the rebuild will take at least three years or more, so we are committed to maintain assistance over that time with the priority being to help the community rebuild from this devastating event,” said Hillyer.
“The first home to be rebuilt is happening and burnt homes are still being cleared.
“Reassuringly, birds and animals are reappearing, meanwhile the crows continue to pinch golf balls on the golf course,” he said.
The Barker Bushfire Relief has been a huge success with the last of the trailers recently sold and a total of $57,000 being raised. These funds have been distributed to three deserving charities and will help with rebuilding communities, supporting farmers and buying CFA equipment.
“We are very privileged to be a part of an amazing industry that pulls together to help others in times of need and look forward to seeing the business working on more of these initiatives into the future,” said Scott Barker.
- Barker Trailers commitment and donation of labour and margin on each of the trailers.
- Barker staff donated their own time to work on trailers and contribute to the cause.
Donations or discount pledged from key Supply Partners include:
- Knorr-Bremse – $16,953
- Fuwa K-Hitch – $16,020
- PPG – $10,000
- Metalcorp – $4,500
- Hella – $3,300
- Quality Steel – $2,640
- AirBrake Systems – $1,550
- ATT – $1,080
- JOST – $550
- Alcoa/Bridgestone – $480
Bush Fire Relief Campaign target was over $50,000.
(Image L-R: Garry Warren, John Hillyer, Thomas Nolan and Eryn Nolan.)