Bushfire relief – where to donate
Bushfire relief - where to donate
Like you, I am feeling the cries of Mother Earth and more importantly our fellow humans who are losing everything they have right now. Land is burning and lives are being turned upside down. The effects of these fires will last months and years. The loss of wildlife too is completely devastating - the scale of which is unfathomable.
If you are in the fortunate position of being able to give back right now, here are a number of organisations and charities that you can donate to - any amount is the perfect amount.
Please be mindful when considering donating items and check with charities before you do so - right now it can be a hindrance to relief efforts.
WHERE TO DONATE
(List compiled via my own research as well as via abc.net.au and Triple J's Hack program)
> Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund - The fund provides relief and assistance to persons residing in the Gippsland municipalities of Bass Coast, South Gippsland, Latrobe, Baw Baw, Wellington and East Gippsland who suffer injury, loss, or damage from natural disasters.
> CFA VIC - support volunteer firefighters and community members affected by the bushfires in East Gippsland and Hume areas.
> NSW Rural Fire Service - support volunteer firefighters on the frontline.
> Mid Coast Community of NSW - GoFundMe page set up by the Lions Club of Taree.
> Australian Red Cross - The Australian Red Cross is supporting communities affected by fires in NSW, QLD and SA.
> Salvation Army - supporting communities affected by fires in NSW & QLD.
> Australian Lions Foundation - Funds are distributed in partnership with their local Lion Clubs, who work with the beneficiaries to manage projects, ensuring that every cent is used in the way that it should be. The Foundation is committed to using the funds quickly and efficiently to help those people in their time of need.
> Port Macquarie Koala Hospital - money donated will support the care of Koala's rescued from burnt land, purchase of water stations and vehicles to deliver water to water stations to help these beautiful creatures alive.
> Foodbank Victoria - monetary donations and food and hygiene items (list below). Food and other items listed below are being collected for those affected by the fires by the Sun Theatre in Yarraville.
Canned fruit, vegetables, soups and meals
Pasta, noodles and rice
Long life milk and juice
Coffee, tea and spreads
Biscuits, muesli bars, dried fruit and nuts
Sauces and seasoning
Cooking and baking supplies like sugar, oil & flour
Shampoo and conditioner
Soap and deodorant
Dental floss, toothpaste and toothbrushes
Tissues and toilet paper
Feminine hygiene products
> GIVIT - GIVIT deliver items to individuals and families in need. See NSW and Queensland Fire links for items that are needed.
> WIRES - (NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service) is accepting donations to help their efforts in supporting displaced and injured wildlife affected by the NSW fires.
Finally, see if your local council or community have set up Facebook pages to act as a central, organised point for you to donate food or other goods, or to donate your time packing food and snacks for firefighters and community members who've had to flee their homes.
If you don't have one, consider banding together with fellow neighbours and community members to create one!
I live in Bayside Melbourne and there is a Bayside Community Emergency Relief group. Click here to join or search 'Bayside Community Emergency Relief group' on the Facebook app.
Photo: Locals seek refuge from bushfire at Malua Bay, just south of Batemans Bay on the NSW South Coast. Picture: Alex Coppel via theaustralian.com.au