In case you have not heard, the Bay Area has recently been affected by a number of unprecedented wildfires which has destroyed several hundred thousands acres of land and is no where near containment. Thousands of families have been affected and this week, we found out our good friend Alan Renouf was also impacted and sadly lost his home in the fires.
Luckily, Alan and his family is safe, but as you can see from the devastation below (yes, this was actually his house on the left), it will take a long time to rebuild if that is even possible.
I know many of you know Alan for his work in PowerCLI, vSphere Automation and more recently his efforts in the VMware Office of CTO for Project VXR focused on Virtual and Augmented Reality. Like many, I have also benefited from Alan's work and if you feel the same way and would like to help him and his family out, please consider donating to the GoFundme page below. Like many of the affected families, they are currently staying in a hotel which is being paid out of their own pockets and any amount will go a long way! Please consider sharing this with others in your community that may be able to help and thank you for your help.
David B says
The Red Cross and California Firefighter Foundation provides support to home owners and is tax deductible.
https://www.cafirefoundation.org/programs/wildfire-relief-programs/ and https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation.html/?donprodid=100082
Is there a way to send money directly to Alan? Venmo, PayPal or something of the like? I was thinking something faster than GoFundMe.
William Lam says
We've been in contact with Alan and his family and this is the best and quickest way, there's no platform fees on Gofundme and this does go directly to Alan. Thanks for your consideration
Manesh Samuel John says
Thanks William for initiating this. Really sorry for Alan and his family. Let's do the best we can to help!