With the recovery effort following the devastating Bridgetown bushfire still in progress, one Manjimup farm is on a mission to help those affected by trying to raise $10,000 for BlazeAid. At the start of February a bushfire was started in the hills to the north of Bridgetown after a tree branch fell onto a set of power lines. Before the fire was contained and extinguished, 2200ha was burned, two properties lost, one man seriously injured and over 60km of fencing destroyed. To help the property-owners affected by the massive bushfire, BlazeAid set up a recovery project to help rebuild the fence which was lost. Paul Da Silva from SmashaStrawb in Smithbrook, near Manjimup, saw this as the best way to help the neighbouring town and the affected residents. For the month of March Mr Da Silva will be donating all proceeds made from the ‘pick your own’ strawberry program to BlazeAid, with the aim of raising $10,000 for the cause. Mr Da Silva said given how busy summer was on the strawberry farm he did not have the time to get involved in the volunteer bushfire brigades but saw this as a good way to help his fellow South West community. “I am flat out here at the farm from October right through to May, so I never had time to get involved in any of the bushfire crews around here,” he said. “But after the Bridgetown fire I thought ‘how can I help?’ and this seemed like a pretty good way to do so.” Mr Da Silva said after two weekends of ‘pick your own’ days they were on track to smash through the $10,000 goal. “You can come here and spend $15, take home four kilos of strawberries, eat a kilo while you are here and know that all your money is going to a good cause,” he said. Mr Da Silva said SmashaStrawb’s “pick your own” days were on Saturdays and Sundays.