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Heartfelt poem by Troy Gerdes, Maintenance Manager

Sonia Lim 20 Nov 2019

Troy Gerdes from RFBI Armidale Masonic Village

Troy Gerdes, Maintenance Manager at RFBI Armidale Masonic Village recently penned a heartfelt poem in response to the recent bushfire crisis and ongoing drought. As well as being part of the RFBI family, Troy is a farmer and member of the Rural Fire Service, and so the poem he wrote conveys the deep emotion and suffering that many Australians are experiencing during this difficult time.

What he thought as sharing a few words with his family and friends became an overnight sensation. His poem was originally shared on Facebook and has since have gone viral with 82,500 shares, more than 8,000 comments and has have attracted two radio interviews with ABC and an interview with and Prime 7 News.

Here is the poem that has touched many hearts from RFBI’s very own, Troy Gerdes:

I love a sunburnt country, a land of sweeping plains,
But I’ve gotta tell ya mate, I like it better when it rains.
The countryside is dying and there’s no end in sight,
And just to rub salt in the wounds, the bush has caught alight.
The landscape is on fire from Brisbane to the Gong,
And everybody’s asking “where the hell did we go wrong?”
But we can get through this one if we help each other out,
Take care of your neighbour, that’s what Aussies are about.
The rain is going to fall again, the good times will return,
But living in Australian means at times it’s going to burn.
So if you need a helping hand, just give a mate a call,
We’re all here to help you out and catch you when you fall.
The RFS, the SES, the Firies and Police,
All put their lives upon the line to help to keep the peace.
So hats off to these heroes and thanks for all you do,
And I hope that when this is over we can make it up to you!

In the past year, RFBI has provided $475,000 to relief efforts to purchase stock feed as well as essentials for farmers and their families and we are proud to continue our legacy of helping people in need of financial assistance through our Benevolence Program. To find out more, visit https://rfbi.com.au/how-can-you-help/ or read more stories at https://rfbi.com.au/news/category/benevolence/