AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes

AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes
I love a sunburnt country / A land of sweeping plains / Of ragged mountain ranges / Of droughts and flooding rains / I love her far horizons / I love her jewel-sea / Her beauty and her terror / The wide brown land for me / ~ Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968)

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Sam Lives On


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ The fire brigade was on parade at the Western Port 2011 Festival at Hastings, Mornington Peninsula.
It is now becoming popular for one fireman to wear the face of a koala.
This new tradition relates to the story of Sam Koala.
He became an icon of hope in the midst of tragedy.
Sam was discovered in burnt bushland on Samson Road on 1st February 2009, during a defensive back-burning operation in Mirboo North, 150 kilometres south-east of Melbourne.
Mark Pardew, a firefighter for the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE), photographed Sam receiving water from the drink bottle of Country Fire Authority (CFA) firefighter, David Tree.
- see Museum Victoria for more of Sam's story
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Ruby Tuesday meme
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Fire can be tragic
Homes and lives can be erased
Koala of hope
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7 comments:

anjoe playhouse said...

I like the story of Sam Koala and find it super to remember the tragic time with a smile ;-)
Have a great week!

Cafe au lait said...

Super cute!

I played too. Mine are here and here.

Ralph said...

I remember that photo! The fire fighters do have the goal of saving lives as well as dousing the flame. The koala surely would have perished without the life-saving water. We do not want to forget the sanctity of all life - so the koala was saved. The fact that Sam ultimately passed on still shows us to be saved is what fire fighters do. All the time...

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

A very interesting story and one I wouldn't have heard about without you. Thanks! (and an interesting picture in and of itself).

Leora said...

I am so glad for those finding hope amid tragedy. I'll think of Sam when I see anything koala.

Cildemer said...

A great entry for RT and a very nice tribute to firemen!
Thanks for sharing;o)

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Have a nice week****

Dorincard said...

Koala, an eucalyptus lover...:)

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