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Australian Bushfires: How You Can Help

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Recent bushfires have left Australia reeling as firefighters have battled blazes across the nation. Here’s how to help those affected by the devastation.

Red Cross

The Red Cross Australia are taking donations for their ‘Disaster Relief and Recovery’ fund here. The Red Cross have already supported thousands of Austalia's in evacuation centres and recovery hubs across the country. Donations will help fund recovery programs and offer emergency assistance in communities affected by disasters like bushfires.

Vinnies

Vinnies have created a dedicated Bush Fire Appeal, where you can donate goods or money. Individuals can choose a one-off payment or monthly donations here. The site offers a price guide for users, with donations of $50 providing families who have been evacuated from their home with food, to donations over $1,000 helping families re-furnish their homes with necessary items like bedding and appliances. 

CFS

The CFS Foundation, provides financial assistance to CFS volunteer firefighters and their families who have suffered through death, injury, loss or damage of property while in the line of service. To show your support through donation click here. 

Free Service: Helping Homes 

Helping Homes is a free website, which allows individuals with room to spare the chance to offer it to others who need a temporary place to stay due to ongoing bush fires. This “room” can be for singles, families, couples, along with pets or livestock. This can take the form of houses, units, caravans, paddocks and tent sites. 

Individuals who have space or accommodation to offer, can visit the site and leave details about what support they can offer to those in need.

For individuals affected by the bushfires and needing assistance, can also visit the site and use the interactive map to see what is on offer.

Over 700 homes have already registered in just three days with the capacity to help more than 3000 people find accommodation Australia wide.

Click here to access the site.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA:

Events:

  • Lions Club Port Augusta are holding a sausage sizzle/ cake stand from 10am to 1pm today, at the front of the NAB bank commercials road to raise funds for the bushfires in SA. 
  • Cinema Augusta are hosting a ‘Bushfire Appeal Fundraiser’ tonight from 5:30pm to raise funds. Click here for more information. 
  • The Eyre Hotel in Whyalla are donating $10 from every pizza sold on Sunday's to the CFS to support our firefighters. The fundraiser will take place on the 12th, 19th and 26th of January. 

The SA Foodbank Donations accepted here

St Vincent de Paul SA Donations accepted here

Adelaide Koala and Wildlife Hospital Donations accepted here

Country Fire Service Foundation SA Donations accepted here

Kangaroo Island:

  • In South Australia, Kangaroo Island has been hit with a devasting blaze, which has burnt more than 155,000 hectares inside a 300-kilometre perimeter. Over half the population of the island’s koalas have died in the fires. Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park are accepting donations to treat the injured animals. Click here to donate.
  • Kangaroo Island Council have opened the Kangaroo Island Mayoral Relief and Recovery Bushfire Fund, with donations accepted here:

BSB: 105 094 

Account Number: 035 680 540

Account Name: Mayoral Bushfire fund

International deposit enter Swift Code: SGBLAU2S

Cudlee Creek:

  • The State Emergency Relief Fund (SERF) has been activated following a formal declaration of the Cudlee Creek fire as a declared emergency. The fund will accept and distribute financial donations to the families and businesses who have lost their homes and livelihoods in the wake of the tragedy.

Electronic Funds Transfer

State Emergency Relief Fund

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

BSB 065 266

Account 10020160

Description must state “donation”.

Credit card

Visit the State Emergency Relief Fund BPoint payment website here or call 1300 276 468 (1300 BPOINT) and enter biller code 1002359.

Cash

Visit any branch of the Commonwealth Bank and donate over the counter giving the details: BSB 065 266, Account 10020160.

Cheque

Send to State Emergency Relief Fund, Donations, QA Finance, GPO Box 292, Adelaide SA 5001

NEW SOUTH WALES

Wires

Wires is a Wildlife rescue operation run by volunteers, who rescue injured wildlife. An emergency fund has been set up to assist with the impact that the catastrophic fires are having on local animals. Click here to donate.

Givit

Givit is a not-for-profit organisation. In addition to monetary donations, Givit will list particular items that are needed by victims - such as clothing and food vouchers. Click here to donate. 

Celeste Barber's Fund

Australian Comedian, Celeste Barber is raising money for The Trustee for NSW Rural Fire Service & Brigades Donations Fund. Click here to donate.

NSW Rural Fire Service Donations Fund donations accepted here

NSW Farmers Drought Relief Fund donations accepted here

Port Macquarie Koala Hospital donations accepted here

QUEENSLAND

Givit

Givit is a not-for-profit organisation. In addition to monetary donations, Givit will list particular items that are needed by victims - such as clothing and food vouchers. Click here to donate. 

Wildlife Rescue Sunshine Coast

Wildlife Rescue Sunshine Coast is an organisation that have already raised over $100,000 to assist Australian Wildlife. Funds will be used to help the calls for help that come our way and also to help other rescues who need help in NSW and QLD. Click here to donate.

UnitingCare QLD Donations Accepted here

VICTORIA

The Victorian Government has partnered with Bendigo Bank and The Salvation Army to establish an appeal, with 100% of donated funds going directly to communities in need, click here to donate.

To support the efforts of Victorian firefighters, you can donate to the Country Fire Association here.

Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) East - Bairnsdale unit Donations accepted here.

Wildlife Victoria Donations accepted here.

Foodbank Victoria Donations accepted here.

Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund (GERF) Donations accepted here.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Foodbank WA Donations accepted here.

St Vincent de Paul WA Donations accepted here.

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