Australian Bushfires: How You Can Help
As fires throughout Australia continue to burn at an alarming pace, the need for support and donations is becoming crucial. The response from people both locally and worldwide has been phenomenal however the need for support has not alleviated. Here is what some of the organisations recommend and find out how you can help.
For example in New South Wales, the Rural Fire Service gives you the option to directly donate to specific brigades or the service as a whole. They allow donations via bank Transfer, cheque and credit card.
The Fire and Rescue in Queensland recommend that you donate money and/or items to Givit. This website allows communities to state specifically what they need, such as drinking water and irrigation equipment. Additionally you can donate directly to the Rural Fire Service Queensland here.
Donations for the Country Fire Authority in Victoria can be found here. You can donate to the general fund or specific brigades.
Additionally, you can donate goods such as food, water, clothing and other items. These donations can be made to evacuation centres or through charities.
However, it is important for people to note that it takes time and resources to manage all these donations. It is highly preferable that money is donated over supplies at this time.
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has encouraged that people focus on making monetary donations. “Times like this unite us and bring out the best in people. If you want to make a donation, a financial contribution is the best way.”
Daniel Andrews, the Victorian Premier has also echoed this sentiment.
I don’t want this to seem harsh or ungrateful in any way.
But I have an important message from our relief agencies on the ground:
There is no more room for physical donations of clothes and food – and no time to sort them.https://t.co/JGWdzxGDKp
— Dan Andrews (@DanielAndrewsMP) January 8, 2020
An estimated 480 millions animals have died during these catastrophic fires. Donated funds can have a wide variety of effects such as, assisting in evacuations, medical treatment, funding animal sanctuaries and regrowth efforts.
In Victoria, you can donate to Wildlife Victoria, as well as the RSPCA which have their own branches for NSW and Victoria. Additionally in NSW you can donate to the Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service (WIRES).
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have established a Help Save Koalas fund. Donated funds will be used to help the survival of the species, during these fires and beyond.
During this time many local businesses in fire and drought affected areas are struggling to get by. Spendwiththem is an Instagram account that helps to promote these businesses.
Numerous businesses are also donating proceeds to bushfire relief efforts, for more information click here. Whilst donations are always a much more effective way of support, if you wish to do some shopping keep these businesses in mind to provide even further support.
If you wish to volunteer your time in whatever capacity there are numerous ways you can. Check out the websites for your states volunteer fire department here. Additionally you can get in contact with many local fundraisers and charity organisations to offer your time.
Whichever capacity you wish to provide support it will be greatly appreciated. It is important to remember that bushfires are a constant threat throughout Australia, we greatly encourage donations made after these fires have settled as well. There are thousands of people affected by these fires and the effects will be felt long after the fire season has ended. The regional fire brigades are operated by volunteers and as such donations are always extremely helpful, not to just put out fires but also to prevent them from occurring in the future. If you’d like to find out other ways how you can help the bushfire efforts, visit our Support and Resources page.