Volunteer organisation BlazeAid is continuing their recovery work in the Bombala area with their contribution of labour, goods and services in communities amounting to $1 million in just six months. BlazeAid has hit the ground running since arriving in March 2020, post bushfires, amassing some 4000 volunteer days, clearing and installing over 70 kilometres of fencing and bolstering the fire affected community financially to the tune of $350,000 by purchasing locally. Local camp coordinator Stuart Beazley has been impressed by the unity of locals and volunteers. "We are very appreciative of the community's support. It's been a big effort from our volunteers and the community over a number of months as we work alongside landholders to repair bushfire damaged fences," Mr Beazley said. "The BlazeAid statement reads "Not just rebuilding fences, but helping rebuild lives" and this rings true in the Bombala area." Rockton resident Melissa said they were at breaking point and ready to throw in the towel, then along came BlazeAid. "I cannot thank them enough for the work they do. BlazeAid Bombala gave me hope when I felt everything was lost. It was a real turning point, they made a huge difference to our lives," she said. Recognition of BlazeAid's commitment to community now spans the world with the organisation recently receiving an esteemed volunteering award. The Commonwealth Points of Light Award, honours and recognises outstanding individual volunteers - people who are making a change in their community. Awarded by the Her Majesty The Queen, as Head of the Commonwealth, it is to thank inspirational volunteers across the 53 Commonwealth nations for the difference they are making in their communities and beyond and BlazeAid picked up this year's Australian accolade. Vicki Treadell, British High Commissioner to Australia said she was delighted to virtually present Kevin and Rhonda Butler with the award for their dedication and commitment to both their own community and other communities in Australia that have been impacted by natural disasters - including the recent devastating bushfires. "They are making a significant impact on the lives of those that benefit from BlazeAid's work."