ERUPTING: The Mount Agung volcano spews hot volcanic ash, as seen from Datah, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia
ERUPTING: The Mount Agung volcano spews hot volcanic ash, as seen from Datah, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia MADE NAGI

Coast man's charitable work helps Bali refugees in dire need

BALI is more than a holiday destination to Sunshine Coast man Matt Hegarty.

It is a place he feels connected to.

After seeing the looming threat of Mt Agung's volcanic ash and smoke, he acted from his Sippy Downs home.

His plan was to ship thousands of face masks over to help the refugees in the firing line.

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"I actually had a guy at my local pub walk up to me one day and ask if I needed help, he'd seen me in the paper," he laughed.

"He owns his own kitchen manufacturing company - Sync Cabinets - and two days later had about 4500 face masks for me ready to go. He has been brilliant help.

"It has been difficult getting them over but I've been distributing them around to travellers heading over. I still have about 2000 to go though."

Through local charity Bras for Bali, Mr Hegarty's masks have gone to work and just in time too.

 

Sippy Downs man Matt Hegarty has shipped thousands of face masks over to Bali.
Sippy Downs man Matt Hegarty has shipped thousands of face masks over to Bali. John McCutcheon

Mt Agung erupted six days ago.

"I was told the end count of refugees was over 200,000 and that keeps rising," he said.

"Bras for Bali keep in regular contact with me and distribute the masks. It is nice to know they have all gotten out.

"Now its erupted, the conditions will get worse. I'm glad to have been able to help."


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