Nobody could accuse Judith Robbins of being lazy.
Mrs Robbins from Budgewoi on the Central Coast is managing the busy BlazeAid kitchen at the Wauchope Showground.
It is often exhausting work filled with long days.
But Mrs Robbins wouldn't have it any other way.
BlazeAid works with families and individuals in rural Australia after natural disasters. Volunteers help to rebuild fences and other structures that have been damaged or destroyed as well as provide meals and supplies to those in need.
This month BlazeAid have set up a camp at the Showground to help fire-affected residents in the region.
Mrs Robbins starts just before six in the morning and often doesn't finish until 10 at night.
She is eternally grateful to the locals who are also helping out.
"It is a big job, it can be exhausting but it is also very rewarding," she said.
Wauchope camp coordinator David Edgerley from Port Macquarie is another volunteer.
Before Christmas the retiree had been busy helping fire-affected residents in Wingham and Willawarrin before he was tapped on the shoulder to run the Wauchope camp.
He said most of the inquiries have come from Upper Pappinbarra and Forbes River.
"They feel extremely diffident, these are very self-reliant people and they can't solve their own problem this time," Mr Edgerley said.
"With good listeners we can hear their stories and once they get going sometimes it is hard to stop them.
"We feed them, sometimes we give them supplies and we register them for help."
He said there is a general feeling of "bewilderment" among those that have been hardest hit.
"They have never seen anything like this before," he said.
Why does he do it?
"We had a woman who came in and was completely distressed," Mr Edgerley said.
"She had lost everything except her two horses and was driving back and forth to feed her horses from her emergency accommodation.
"After we had fixed her fences she came in and said ...you have given me hope."
He said two-thirds of the volunteers camp at the Showground.
"Most of them are grey nomads," he said.
They have just had an influx of young volunteers from Brazil.
"The camaraderie is particularly strong."
Another volunteer Neville Delaney from Lake Munmorah, south of Newcastle said he got roped into helping by his wife Marilyn.
"It has been so great though, the people are so appreciative," he said.
BlazeAid will run two dinners for fire-affected farmers in February (1st and 15th) at 6pm. RSVP for catering purposes by calling 0459 628 160.
To register for BlazeAid help visit the Wauchope Showground. Or you can call 0459 628 160 or email email@example.com.
How you can help:
- Food - contact Judith on 0405 194 647
- Supplies - contact David on 0459 628 160