Warrimoo Citizens Association has presented a cheque of $500 to Warrimoo RFS recently, this being the profit made from a community ‘Ball in the Hall’ held two weeks previously.
President of the WCA, Lachlan Davis, said the donation was a small gesture showing the immense gratitude of the people of Warrimoo towards their own, local Rural Fire Service, which had done so much to protect residents of the Blue Mountains during a fire crisis that threatened us all.
“Not only that, but Warrimoo RFS raised the profile of our township significantly with all the publicity surrounding their famous ‘cricket match’, the photo that captured it, and the infamous ‘bat ransom’ that followed. It really was a distillation of Blue Mountains and Australian spirit”, he said.
Accepting the donation, President of the Warrimoo RFS, Steve Barratt, admitted that the Warrimoo brigade had done some “pretty extensive shifts” in warding off the massive fire threat and there were “a lot of tired fire-fighters at the end of it all”, but that all members were humbled and truly grateful for the support they had received from well wishers.
Steve also displayed one of the prints of the cricket match for WCA members to admire. It was a remarkable moment and a striking picture.
Mr. Davis said that all the local organisations of Warrimoo supported each other as much as they could: Citizens Association, School P & C, Fire Brigade, ‘Blue Moo’ arts group, shopkeepers, ‘Moo Choir’ all engage in mutual support to build the community further.
“On 21st December, after Santa has done his Fire Tanker tour around the streets and arrives at Warrimoo Oval at 4 o’clock, WCA is holding a ‘Meet Santa’ sausage sizzle and the ‘Moo Choir will sing some carols for children and oldies alike. That pretty much typifies the Xmas spirit of our ‘Mountains”, Mr. Davis concluded.