The rampant wildfires in Australia pose an unprecedented threat to people’s lives and the ecology in several regions of the country. To help fight the fires that have been ongoing for three months, Tzu Chi volunteers in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, raised funds from the public for the purchase of a brand new fire truck to be donated to the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES). Together with Tzu Chi volunteers from Brisbane, they delivered the funds to the QFES.
On behalf of the NGO, volunteer Julia Wu pasted a Tzu Chi logo on the new fire engine. A Public Relations staff from the QFES asked for the name of the vehicle.
“It’s called ‘Tzu Chi’...... ‘Tzu Chi truck’,” replied Wu. She added, “’’Tzu’ means compassion, while ‘Chi’ means ‘to relieve’”.
"It’s a very special day here today for the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services. We have just accepted a donation from your Foundation towards purchasing a brand-new fire truck," said Assistant Commissioner of Queensland Fire and Emergency Services John Bolger.
This fire engine, which can carry 1,600 litres of water, costs about AUD220,000. Tzu Chi volunteers from Gold Coast had dedicated much effort to the fundraising drive, to do their bit to help alleviate the fires, which have become a major catastrophe that alarms the world.