A volunteer organisation that helps farmers get back on the feet after bushfires has been awarded an honour by the Queen.
BlazeAid founders Kevin and Rhonda Butler, from Kilmore East, were each named as a Commonwealth Point of Light in recognition of the work their organisation does to help farmers after natural disasters.
The couple said they accepted the award on behalf of all BlazeAid volunteers.
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"All of you in the very impressive BlazeAid family should take a bow and feel very proud of the massive difference you make in the lives of others to help them after natural disasters," Mr Butler wrote in a post on social media.
"Your recognition is so well deserved and not before its time."
Among those volunteers are Kangaroo Flat's Lyn and Stan Rasmussen, who have travelled to Corryong twice this year to give their time and energy rebuilding fences.
They first went to the north-east for four weeks in February, and more recently, spent another four days there in June.
"The volunteers are fabulous... and I think every volunteer is deserving of [the honour], it doesn't matter what they're doing," Mrs Rasmussen said.
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She said she first heard about BlazeAid when the organisation helped out farmers in the Bridgewater area after the flood.
After retiring, Mrs Rasmussen said, she and her husband had the time to lend a hand themselves.
"My husband's skilled in fencing. So if you've done that, if you've got that knowledge, why not give it back?" she said.
She said the hardest aspect of the work was hearing the farmers' stories, recounting one day when a man in his 80s was left in tears as he watched his burnt-out shed get torn down.
But Mrs Rasmussen said they saw the farmer and his wife in June, and they were moving on with their lives.
While the volunteers were there to help out, Mrs Rasmussen said they got out just as much as the farmers did.
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The Butlers founded BlazeAid after family, friends and volunteers came forward to help rebuild fences on their property after the 2009 Black Saturday fires.
The organisation is almost entirely volunteer-run, with just one paid bookkeeper.
"After almost 250 natural disasters, hundreds of thousands of volunteers, farmers, donors and local communities have teamed together to rebuild 14,000 kilometres of new fencing, 400,000 working days on 9000 devastated farms," the Butlers said.
"The value of work done by 'BlazeAid' volunteers who make such a difference to the lives of others - who have lost almost everything they hold dear - is in the hundreds of millions of dollars."