The Balgowlah family home of First Nations trail blazer Jarin Baigent, her partner Simon Spencer, his parents, and the couple’s children, was completely destroyed by fire in the early hours of Monday, 8 May 2023.
While Manly Observer liaises with friends and neighbours over any practical immediate needs for the much-loved and respected family, we encourage those able to donate to them financially to do so now as they navigate this traumatic period. The donation link is here: https://gofund.me/82ef28a0
Jarin Baigent, a former police officer, founder of Trading Black and owner of Jarin Street active wear, is a celebrated local woman and First Nations advocate, most recently a key speaker at the Manly’s International Women’s Day event run by Manly Chamber.
Friend Kirli Saunders is managing the relief effort for the Wiradjuri family. The full extent of insurance coverage is not yet known; community support at this uncertain time is vital.
The fire was sparked somewhere towards the back of the property on Monday morning at about 2am. For nearly two hours the fire spread, causing significant damage to two houses, before being contained. Fire wardens went around checking properties and letting people back into their homes just after 4am.
Artist Kirli Saunders wrote in her plea for support:
“Jarin, a matriarch renowned for her unwavering dedication in advocacy, has been a driving force behind the transformative initiative, Trading Blak, providing opportunities for First Nations buisness owners and calling for accountability within the industry. Now, it’s our turn to rally behind her family in their time of need.
The fire has completely destroyed their home, leaving them with nothing but ashes and fragments of memories. The loss they have endured is not just material, with their sentimental objects, photo albums, clothes, furniture, toys and tech, it’s a profound emotional blow that tests their resilience and determination to rebuild. While the strength of their spirits remains unyielding, they cannot do it alone.
Let us embrace the power of our united community and demonstrate the true meaning of compassion, solidarity, and support. No contribution is too small, as every act of kindness has the potential to create a lasting impact
Our collective support can make an immense difference in helping Jarin and Simon, and Simon’s parents rebuild their lives from the ground up. The funds raised through this GoFundMe campaign will directly contribute to providing them with essential resources, such as secure housing, clothing, furniture, and other immediate needs as they begin the arduous process of rebuilding their lives.
Let us embrace the power of our united community and demonstrate the true meaning of compassion, solidarity, and support. No contribution is too small, as every act of kindness has the potential to create a lasting impact. Even if you are unable to donate, you can still play a vital role by sharing this campaign with your network, raising awareness, and helping us reach individuals who may have the means and willingness to assist.
Together, we can alleviate their burden and provide a glimmer of hope in this dark time. Together, we can help mob rebuild.”
Please share the donation link with friends and neighbours: https://gofund.me/82ef28a0