CEO of The Bushfire Foundation
In his 18 years as a volunteer firefighter in central Victoria, Nathan Rogers saw many vulnerable and sick community members struggle with bushfire preparedness and recovery.
So in 2015, Nathan founded The Bushfire Foundation Inc. The organisation provides bushfire preparedness and recovery support to elderly, injured and disabled community members, and those in financial hardship.
The Bushfire Foundation’s all-volunteer team helps with activities like cutting grass, cleaning gutters, removing rubbish, installing fire pumps and building fire breaks. It also helps with bushfire recovery, helping to clean up damaged properties and delivering animal feed.
Nathan also educates volunteers and directors about the risks and impacts of bushfire.
He has driven the organisation almost singlehandedly and much of the work he does is unpaid.
In the 2019-20 bushfires, Nathan launched an appeal for bushfire victims in SA, NSW and Victoria, raising more than $85,000 and distributed around $55,000. Leading from the front, Nathan has kept the foundation alive to serve its communities.