Australia is barely a third of the way through summer, so the bushfires that are raging across the country are, sadly, unlikely to disappear any time soon. And they may just get much worse. That’s saying something, too, because already an area 70 times the size of Singapore has been destroyed, with over 20 human lives lost, along with hundreds of millions of animals. Some reports suggest that as many as 25,000 koalas may have perished in the fires.
At Expat Living, we not only have loads of Aussie readers, but several Aussie team members. Our hearts go out to all of them and any of their family and friends who may be affected. (One of our editors has personal friends who’ve evacuated their home twice in recent weeks, with serious fires coming within 500 metres of the front door – they are among the very lucky ones.)
The good news is that anyone can put their hand up to help fight the problem, even from overseas. Here are just a few of the key organisations, with links for helping donate.
Also, locally, Carrotsticks & Cravings is holding fundraising lunches – for more information, see their Facebook page.
Australian Red Cross
Click here to support people at evacuation centres and recovery hubs, provide emergency assistance, support volunteers, cover essential costs, and help with cash grants to people who have lost homes in the bushfires.
NSW Rural Fire Service
Donations made here can directly benefit volunteer firefighters and assist the service as it conducts community activities including fundraising through door-knocks, letterbox drops and functions.
WIRES Wildlife Rescue
As we’ve mentioned, it’s not just people who are affected by the bushfire disaster. The impact on animal populations has been devastating. Donations to WIRES will assist with the rescue and care of native animals in the immediate instance, plus their ongoing protection and preservation.
VIC Bushfire Disaster Appeal
One hundred percent of donated funds to this appeal go directly to communities in need. Those living outside Australia should email the Community Enterprise Foundation at: firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
South Australian Country Fire Service
Kangaroo Island off the coast of South Australia has been hit particularly hard. Find out how to offer donations to help people and animals in need here, along with general disaster recovery for the state.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army offers financial assistance, support services, information and advice to those impacted by the bushfires. Find contact details for enquiries and donations here.
Finally, you can keep up to date with rolling news services like this one.