Bushfire relief: how you can help
Australia is being ravaged by the worst bushfires in decades and devastatingly, the fire season is far from over. To date, fires have burned more than 12 million acres. Tragically, lives have been lost, countless properties are no longer standing, and millions of animals have died. There have been fires across the nation, but NSW has been the most heavily impacted.
It is utterly heartbreaking.
For those in a position to help, here is some information about how to do so.
Humanitarian aid groups such as Australian Red Cross are supporting those impacted. Images thanks to Red Cross
Australian Red Cross – Help the Red Cross in their continued efforts to support thousands of people in evacuation centres and recovery hubs across Australia.
Vinnies NSW Bushfire Appeal – From food to bills, clothing and furniture, this website shows you how your donation helps those in need.
Givit – GIVIT supports communities across Australia impacted by bushfires. 100% of funds go toward purchasing urgently needed items.
Salvation Army – Support the Salvation Army Emergency Services (SAES) who provide meals to evacuees and frontline responders and other much need disaster relief.
Foodbank – Foodbank focus specifically on food relief in times of emergency and natural disasters.
BlazeAid – BlazeAid are a volunteer-based organisation who assist families and individuals in rural Australia by rebuilding fences and other structures that have been damaged or destroyed.
The Trustee for NSW Rural Fire Service & Brigades Donations Fund – Help support those on the frontlines striving to protect people in regional communities. Funds are utilised to purchase equipment used by rural fire brigades.
RFS release fire retardant across the NSW bushland. Image from NSW RFS
Of course, as our bushland dies our wildlife suffers terribly. Consider supporting these worthy causes too.
WIRES – WIRES welcome cash donations as well as various items (see their Wish List) so that their volunteers can help animals impacted by the fires.
World Wildlife Fund – These fires are potentially accelerating the extinction of certain species (such as the koala). Help WWF in their fundraising efforts.
Our precious wildlife need your help too. Support those helping our native animals such as WIRES, WWF and Koala Hospital.