This is not how I expected to post my first blog for 2020… but Australia is on fire and our…
Aussie bush fire victims need our help urgently… so let’s share this plea with our friends and family around the globe!
Fires have ravaged Australia with well over a 1000 homes destroyed since the start of the fire season.
Entire towns, irreplaceable forests and endangered and precious animal species are perishing in massive numbers due to these unprecedented bushfires… and recovery will be a long and difficult process.
The scale and ferocity of these bushfires currently sweeping NSW and Victoria are testing the resources of firefighters, charities, and animal rescue groups and many have issued public pleas for financial help, warning of a worsening bushfire threat and a long road to recovery for the affected communities.
Please let it rain, our firefighters are exhausted!
A big heartfelt thank you goes out to all the firefighters, police, ambulance officers, plane and helipcopter pilots, the armed forces and all those involved in helping to protect our communities.
Most organisations are calling for financial donations rather than donated goods to help them best meet the varying needs of victims.
Here’s how we can bring a little relief to those most in need.
Below I have attached a list of the main groups working on the ground right now and accepting donations!
NSW Rural Fire Service
The NSW Rural Fire Service accepts direct financial contributions from the public. Local RFS brigades rely heavily on volunteers and contributions from their communities to sustain their efforts. You can use your credit card to donate to a local brigade, or to the RFS generally, via this link.
Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund
Donate online: gerf.org.au – Or make a donation at any NAB branch.
Donate by phone: 1800 733 276
Donate by money order or cheque to…
Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund
P.O, Box 508
Traralgon, VIC, 3844
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army has launched a disaster appeal to help support evacuees and emergency services during the current crisis. Salvation Army teams are currently active at roughly a dozen evacuation centres where, among other things, they are providing meals to evacuees and firefighters. Relief teams are also providing food and water and emotional and practical support. You can donate to the Salvation Army’s disaster appeal at this link.
The Australian Red Cross
The Australian Red Cross is supporting communities affected by bushfires across our country. Donate online: redcross.org.au
The St Vincent de Paul Society
St Vincent de Paul has also launched a disaster appeal. Vinnies is on the ground helping victims in the immediate aftermath. You can donate to their “always there appeal” here.
These organisations provide our bushfire ravaged communities with emotional and practical support and your donation will assist in longer-term recovery by helping it provide food, clothing, essentials, and accommodation services.
Wildlife rescue and recovery…
Our precious animal species are perishing in massive numbers in these horrific bushfires too…
The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital is helping to rescue koalas affected by the fires. The fires have caused huge damage to local koala populations. The hospital estimates as many as 350 koalas have died. It says about 75% of the fireground is in prime koala habitat. It is raising funds to purchase and distribute automatic drinking stations to reduce further death from dehydration.
You can also donate to these other wildlife rescue groups…
Koalas in Care (link here)
Rescue Collective, which is collecting donations here.
The Rescue Collective has issued a wishlist of goods it needs to help koalas and other wildlife in the wake of these bushfires.