Narelle Strong and Cindy Jenkins help raise money for the Victorian bushfire victims.
Narelle Strong and Cindy Jenkins help raise money for the Victorian bushfire victims. The Northern Star

Narelle just had to do something

WHEN Lismore Shopping Square cleaner Narelle Strong woke to the horrifying news of the Victorian bushfires she knew she had to do something.

“I asked Geoff (Gooch, manager of the Square) for permission to collect money while I was cleaning,” Narelle, who lives in Goonellabah, said on Monday.

“He was fine and so I've been collecting all morning. I know what those who have lost everything are going through.

“We lost our house and everything in the 1954 (Lismore) floods.

We only had the clothes we stood in. I just really feel for them and everyone and everything that's been affected.

It's just so sad, even the poor little animals.”

Shopper Cindy Jenkins of Kyogle was enjoying her lunch when she put some of her shopping money in the bucket.

“I was so impressed at how quickly someone was out there doing something about it,” Cindy said.

“We were all feeling so horrible, this is something to help. I think I particularly felt I wanted to contribute as my daughter only escaped from a bushfire at Thirlmere last year because of the fire fighters help.

That was on my mind.”

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