Here Are Some Practical Ways To Help During The Bushfire Crisis

by: Well Made Clothes Staff | 2 weeks ago | News

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We are heartbroken by the Australian bushfire crisis, and our thoughts are with those affected by them, especially with extreme and dangerous weather conditions expected this weekend.

5 million hectares have burnedmore than 1,200 homes have been destroyedalmost 500 million animals have died, and 17 people have died since the crisis began this season.

We feel pretty helpless right now, but there are some practical ways to help if you are in a position to do so, which are:

1. Donate to a state-based brigade:

You can donate to state-based brigades.

In NSW, donate directly to the NSW Rural Fire Service: donate here.

In Victoria, donate directly to the County Fire Authority: donate here.

In Queensland, Fire & Rescue advise you donate both money and items through the website givit.org.au.

In South Australia, the Country Fire Service accepts donations through the CFS Foundation.

Via the Guardian

2. Donate to a local charity:

There are also lots of local charities you can donate to, in order to assist with the bushfire recovery. Some of the charities assisting with the recovery include: the Red Cross Relief and Recovery Appeal, St Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army.

3. Donate to Foodbank Australia:

Foodbank accept financial and item donations. 

For financial donations, so Foodbank can purchase the most-needed food items, head to Foodbank’s website.

For item donations, find a drop-off location near you by checking out your local Foodbank’s Instagram account:
@foodbankaus
@foodbankvictoria
@foodbanknswact
@foodbanksouthaustralia

Current in-demand items are:
Bottled water, UHT milk, good quality tinned food (with ring pulls), cereals, pantry staples like pasta, plus items like muesli bars that are easy to just ‘grab and go’. 
Please do not donate:
Fresh fruit and vegetables, razors, medicine, alcohol, bedding, or clothing.

4. Donate to this Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities:

Donations to the Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities can be made here. The aim of this fundraiser is to offer a culturally sensitive, specific direct support to some of those communities with critical costs to cover expenses.

5. Support wildlife

According to some estimates, as many as 480 million animals may have been killed in the Bushfire Crisis. Which is why organisations like Wires and WWF have set up emergency wildlife funds, so you can help donate to their relief efforts in bushfire-affected areas. You can also adopt a koala through The Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie, where recent bushfires have “devastated bushland which has a high number of breeding koalas in the area; one of the most genetically diverse groups in Australia and is of enormous national significance.” 

6. Hold a fundraiser:

Another way you can assist is to hold a fundraising event in support of your state-based brigade. Ideally, this needs to be approved first.

To hold a fundraising event for the NSW Rural Fire Service, email them: executive.support@rfs.nsw.gov.au.

The Victoria CFA has a fundraising kit here, with information on how to host one. 

Via the Guardian.

7. Volunteer:

You can formally register as a volunteer at Emergency Volunteering

8. Offer your space to people who are stranded:

If you have a spare bed, register at Find A Bed Australia. Find A Bed Australia is linking people who need a place to stay during the bushfires with people who are offering spare beds. Register here and follow them at @findabedau.

If you have space available for people who are stranded, you can also share the following image on Instagram with the hashtag #welcomeatmine so people can get in touch with you and organise to stay.


Image: via @kellythompsoncreative.

9. Attend this rally:

Image: @unistudentsforclimatejustice

The Uni Students For Climate Justice have organised protests across Australia on January 10  2020 to demand the government takes the following action:

Pay all firefighters and give the force full funding.
Provide genuine relief and aid for affected communities
Begin the immediate rapid transition away from fossil fuels
A just transition for workers in fossil fuel industries with a jobs guarantee
Justice for First Nations communities - land and water sovereignty

You can find your local protest under the following titles on Facebook:
Adelaide Emergency Protest: Fund Firies, demand climate action!
Sydney Protest: Fund The Firies & Demand Climate Justice
CBR protest: NSW is burning! This is a climate emergency!
Brisbane Climate Protest: Fund Our Firies, This Is An Emergency
PROTEST – Victoria Is Burning! This Is A Climate Ememrgency!
WA Climate Emergency Rally! Prootest ScoMo, Fund Firies

10. Donate your sewing skills or 100% cotton fabric to Veranda Crafts:

Verandah Crafts has organised to make cooling neck ties - #coolties - for the firies. 

There is a free pattern, downloadable from the @coolthefireys Facebook page here

Donations of fabric can be sent to:
Di Greig
PO Box 3021
Frankston East
Victoria 3199

Follow @verandah_crafts on Instagram for more information.

We are currently organising a fundraising event and will announce it via our Instagram – follow us here for updates.

This post was updated on Sunday December 5 2020 to include more practical ways to help.

 

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