THE brave acts of Australian firefighters and volunteers have inspired a new children’s book in recognition of this year’s unprecedented bushfire season.
The book titled My Dad, The Secret Superhero is the story of little girl who discovers her dad’s biggest secret – he fights fire monsters.
Services Australia Perth staff member Seb Moone and his wife Carly wrote the book as a thank you to all firefighters throughout the country and overseas who joined the firefighting efforts.
Personally, the pair had two run ins with bushfires in December, with fires burning out of control in the Yanchep area north of Perth and in the Stirling Ranges National Park, near Carly’s family farm.
Seb also had firsthand experience fighting bushfires on Boxing Day which started from lightning strikes.
“It was amazing to see the volunteer firefighters in the community drop everything and come together to get these fires under control,” he said.
Returning to Perth in the New Year, Seb waited anxiously to see if his beloved beach shack in the Yanchep area was still standing.
“It was really confronting to see the pure devastation on the bushland, there was hardly anything left living.
“It was a very sombre, sobering experience.
“When I got to the beach shack, the fires had been within 50m of it.
“I’m sure the shack was still standing due to efforts of the firefighters.”
Seb and Carly’s book is about Delilah, named after their niece, who believes she has uncovered her Dad’s biggest secret.
He’s not just a farmer, but a secret superhero fighting the fire monsters.
The talented duo wrote the story and Carly brought it to life with her illustrations.
Money from book sales will go to the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife (FNPW) charity.
Seb and Carly’s family have been extremely supportive and could not be prouder of what they have achieved already.
“Mum has gone a bit overboard, purchasing 20 books and making an additional donation,” he said.
“She’s been a school teacher for over 40 years and is already trying to figure out how to turn the story into an assembly item.”
Since writing the book, Seb and Carly have been touched by the generosity of people helping them achieve their fundraising goal.
“We needed to raise $10,000 otherwise the book wouldn’t go ahead,” he said.
“The amount of assistance received from people donating their time and energy for free has been unbelievable.
“It shows people care about people impacted by the fires and want to do anything they can to assist.”