The bushfires blazing across sections of Australia’s east coast have killed at least 22 people, destroyed thousands of homes, and claimed the lives of half a billion Australian animals. While…
The bushfires blazing across sections of Australia’s east coast have killed at least 22 people, destroyed thousands of homes, and claimed the lives of half a billion Australian animals.
While there are many ways to help out, the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) have said that “the best way is to donate money… this allows people to buy the things they need, and it supports local businesses that have also been impacted.”
Here are some organisations you can help out.
State Fire Services
Donations can be made directly to state-funded rural fire services. These fire services rely on volunteers to operate.
NSW RFS – Donate here.
Victoria CFA – Donate here.
South Australia CFS – Donate here.
Queensland RFBAQ – Donate here.
Koalas In Care
During bushfire season, a massive amount of Australian wildlife falls victim to the blazes. In NSW alone, it’s estimated that over 8000 koalas (one third of the population) have perished.
Koalas In Care is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers.
WIRES Wildlife Rescue
The NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) work to actively rehabilitate and preserve Australian wildlife. Help them help our native fauna by donating on their homepage.
Donations to this registered charity’s Victorian bushfire appeal will go to wildlife shelters and carers so that they can replace destroyed enclosures and equipment. This will support them in adequately caring for and saving the lives of the countless injured and traumatised animals seeking shelter.
Fallen Firefighters’ Families
Volunteer firefighters Geoffrey Keaton (32) and Andrew O’Dwyer (36) were tragically killed on the 19th December 2019 at the Green Wattle Creek fireground in South Western Sydney. A joint bank account has been set up for the firefighters who leave behind partners and young children. The funds will be equally distributed between the families of Keaton and O’Dwyer.
Volunteer firefighter Samuel McPaul was tragically killed on the 30th December 2019 at the Green Valley fireground near Albury, NSW. 28-year-old Samuel leaves behind his wife Megan who is pregnant with their first child. All funds received will go to Megan to provide for their child’s future.
Salvation Army Disaster Appeal
Members of the Salvation Army team are providing meals to first-line responders and evacuees, as well as any other support required.
Port Macquarie Koala Hospital
The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital initially started a GoFundMe page to raise money to purchase and distribute automatic drinking stations in bushfire affected areas to aid koala and other wildlife survival. The initial monetary goal has been surpassed, with the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital now developing a wild koala breeding program.
Vinnies Bushfire Appeal
The St Vincent de Paul Society’s bushfire appeal helps provide food, clothing, and money to bushfire victims.
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