Multicultural Australians get behind Gippsland Bushfire Appeal

On Leap Day 2020, the Fijian Indian community got together and held a fundraising event attended by more than 130 people at the Cinnamon Club restaurant in Moorabbin.      Presented by Yadra, the organisers (Kavity Kalvan and Vijay Kumaran) were happy to donate  directly to GERF.  Jen Singh hosted the evening which included a 3-course meal, live Indian music and vibrant Indian dancing.

With a history of being residents in Gippsland, the organisers felt especially drawn to the cause and managed to raise $2,000 through tickets, auctions and raffle draws.   Photo shows organisers Kavita Kalvan and Vijay Kumuran along with MC Jen Singh presenting GERF’s Andy Tegart with the cheque.


The blue earth green trees conservation group from Japan have donated $1,000 to GERF.  Their representative, Chizuko Higashiguchi, is shown here with GERF President, John Mitchell.

The Quang Duc Pagoda hosted a Bushfire Relief fundraising dinner for the generous Vietnamese Buddhist community of Melbourne on 8 February 2020 at Tottenham.


The generosity of the Melbourne’s Filipino Iglesia Ni Cristo church community – Brothers Andrew and Romy presenting GERF with their donation in Traralgon this week.

John Mitchell, President of GERF, receiving a generous donation from Dosa Hut at fundraising event over Australia Day weekend.

Amazing contribution from Victorias Hazara community.

The Melbourne Chin business group, made a special trip to Traralgon to present their donation to GERF treasurer, Alan Wilson.

The United Vietnamese Buddhist Congregation of Australia-New Zealand Quang Duc Pagoda brought their donation to GERF in Traralgon on 28 January, presenting their $30,000 donation to GERF’s President and Deputy President