Our heart continues to ache for our country that has been and continues to be devastated by bushfires. As countless pictures and stories from the bushfires are shared, we watch as people across the country and around the world are pouring generous donations and support in efforts to bring relief to those affected by and fighting the fires. If you want to help but not sure where to start, here are some simple and easy ways you can provide help.
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Donations made to the NSW Rural Fire Service directly benefit volunteers fighting fires on the frontline. To donate, you can contact your local brigade or via the RFS website.
You can support the Queensland Rural Fire Service by donating through the QRFS website.
The efforts of Victorian firefighters can be supported by donating to the state’s Country Fire Association on the CFA website.
Donations to CFS volunteer firefighters in South Australia can be made through the CFS foundation website.
You can donate directly to the local DFES firefighters brigade, unit or group at the DFES website.
The Tasmanian Fire Service has requested any donations to be made to their closest welfare provider such as the Salvation Army and St Vincent De Paul. Alternatively, you can contact TFS via their website
The ACT Emergency Services Agency can be contacted for donations via their website
On Friday, January 3, Celeste Barber set up a Facebook fundraiser for the NSW RFS. Already the fundraiser has received over $45 million (AUD) in donations from all over the world. The comedian has shared since the fundraiser has gone live that she will consult with the RFS to spread the money to other state fire agencies, the Red Cross, Wildlife organisations and directly to the families of those killed in the fires.
To help support animals affected by the fires, you can donate to the NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) here.
To provide Victorian support to wildlife victims, you can donate to Wildlife Victoria.
Port Macquarie Koala Hospital
To aid the survival of Koala’s and their damaged habitat, a donation can be made to the Port Macquarie Koala hospital on their GoFundMe page.
The World Wildlife Fund has set up a “Help Save Koalas Fund” which can be found on their website.
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The Australian Red Cross is accepting donations to its Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund which will provide short and long-term support to communities and people who have been affected by the bushfires.
A Disaster appeal has been launched by The Salvos to support the communities affected by the bushfires. The appeal will help by providing meals, frontline assistance and support over the long term. Donations can be made by calling 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or via their website.
The St Vincent De Paul Society is also running an appeal to help rebuild the lives of those affected by fires through the provision of food, clothing, furniture, and money to pay bills.
Donations can be made at any Vinnies retail outlet or through their website.
Givit is a service that lists the exact needs of individuals through charities so that the public can donate exactly what is needed. Givit has two campaigns running for NSW and Queensland bushfire victims.
Foodbank is delivering emergency food and water relief to bushfire affected communities in Victoria’s East Gippsland region.
Donations can be made via their website.
Airbnb is providing free housing for those who have had to evacuate until the 16th of January.
Emergency housing can be found on their NSW or Victoria pages, where you can also list your own property.
To support the communities in rebuilding from what they have lost, there have been a number of social media accounts pledging to travel to a fire-affected area with an empty esky.
Athlete and motivational speaker Turia Pitt has created a social page @spendwiththem, that features businesses in fire-affected towns. She encourages people to buy something from one of the places now, or in the future.
The page currently has 154,000 followers. You can find it here.