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The Newtown fire definitely hit close to home last week...

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The Newtown boarding house fire that killed three people remains a crime scene as the local community rallies around victims and their families.

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Amazon Stars: “This is a way to honour my son who is the forgotten victim”

John is helping others put their lives back together after his own wife and baby son lost their lives in a house fire.

Out of all the kindness and sympathy John received after a blaze tore through his Rozelle home nine years ago killing his wife Bianka and their 11-month-old son Jude, it was a practical gift of love from his brother, Anthony, that helped him take the first steps towards beginning again.

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We need your help to make our dream a reality. Victims of fire are all too easily left to their own devices when their home is compromised. We are committed to making sure that they have a way of getting the vital help they need when they need it. By delivering transport, accommodation and basic needs to support victims in the moments after a fire if they need it, will give the most vulnerable members of our society a faster path in getting their lives together. This can only happen with your help. If you need more information or would like a prospectus to help us achieve this goal, please email us or click the link below.

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See Simon Bouda’s interview with John O’Brien on A Current Affair on the link below

NSW Fire & Rescue

Last week, 09/08/21, NSW Fire and Rescue announced their partnership with the Jude O’Brien Fund. Every firefighter in the state of NSW has now been given information and details of the charity so they can refer victims to us immediately after they have lost their home.


This is huge news for the Jude O’Brien Fund; working with Fire and Rescue NSW allows us to have a direct link for the in nee, and gives us the opportunity to offer immediate and ongoing assistance to them. We are honoured Fire and Rescue NSW sees the value in the Jude O’Brien Fund, and together we can help many people. Once the fire is out, thats when the hardest part starts for the victims. Being able to assist with immediate and vital needs to help them navigate the early days after losing their homes.


Once referred to us, we will provide victims with a suitcase filled with essential items to help with the first few days. Meaning that they won’t have to worry about the hassle of shopping to get the essentials. Menulog has also provided the cases with gift vouchers, meaning that the first meal is also taken care of. The suitcases have a pack from Service NSW containing information on how to replace essential documents as well as any help with government assistance available to them including psychological services. Fire and Rescue Assistant Commissioner Roger Mentha has been the driving force behind the partnership. He says the partnership will support people who have been severely impacted by fire, as well as those who have lost or cannot access their belongings. It will also provide firefighters with a point of contact when these tragedies strike and care is needed.


“As a firefighter, I see the tragic aftermath and consequences of fires for the affected families. Victims can be left devastated and unsure of where to turn. The Jude O’Brien Fund reaches out to people in their most desperate time of need to give practical help and hope, making a real and considerate difference”. Assistant Commissioner Mertha said.

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  • “Fire can have an immediate and tragic consequence, and being able to provide immediate help for victims makes a real and considerable difference. The Jude O’Brien Fund reaches out to people in their most desperate time of need to give practical help and hope.”

    Roger Mentha, Assistant Commissioner, N.S.W. Fire & Rescue.
  • “Losing your home to fire is different for everyone. After the initial shock, it is vital those affected start to take back control of their lives and they can only do this through access to information and resources. This is an immediate need that others may not understand unless you have been in similar situations. It is also a vital step forward in the healing process.”

    Dave Owens, APM, retired State Emergency Operations Controller.
  • “Having your home destroyed by fire is a life changing event which can take a long time to recover from. Those first few hours can be daunting to the fact that you have lost everything. The Jude O’Brien Initiative will assist those who have lost everything and are looking to help in those first few days. It will give people something to start over.”

    Michael Forbes, Leading Station Officer, Fire Investigation and Research Unit, Fire and Rescue NSW

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