A young man has drawn a moving picture that shows his frightening experience with Victoria’s bushfires.
Now he will donate the painting to the CFA to say thanks for their efforts.
Angus Biddiscombe, 14, who has autism, was attending Camp Coolamatong near Bairnsdale but had to be evacuated as the fire situation worsened.
“Halfway through the camp they told us we had to evacuate because the fires were really close,” Angus, from the Geelong suburb of Corio, said.
“The sky was really dark and orange, you couldn’t see much.”
But there was one image that stuck in Angus’ mind.
“I saw a tree on the way back from camp that looked half burnt and half not,” he said.
“I thought to myself, I’ve got to do a picture.”
Angus’ mum, Beanka Biddiscombe, said he was inspired to draw the picture after he saw the devastating impact of the bushfires on the news.
“After he came home he was still a bit unsure of how to take everything,” Ms Biddiscombe said.
“He was watching the news and he decided that he had to draw this picture for the CFA.”
Ms Biddiscombe said her son had shown a lot of empathy for those affected by the fires.
“He has recognised exactly how these people feel and that they can’t go home and that a lot of them have missed Christmas with their families and that they’ve lost all their possessions,” she said.
Angus is planning to hand his gift to the CFA on Wednesday.
Originally published as Teen’s art expresses ‘frightening’ bushfire experience