As the bushfires across the East and South Coast of Australia continue to burn, our collective urge to help and take action is hitting fever pitch. The death toll between NSW, Victoria and South Australia has reached 30, over half a billion animals have been killed, 11.2 million hectares in has been scorched and over 1,500 homes and properties have been lost. In the wake of such immense devastation – for those not directly affected, it’s almost impossible to feel as though we are doing enough. While we at RUSSH are working towards our own initiatives this week, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of top-line and long-term initiatives supporting those affected by the bushfires in Australia.
Donating to The NSW RFS is a great way to ensure those tirelessly fighting the fires and volunteering time, energy and resources are looked after. While the NSW RFS is government run and funded, it relies upon volunteer workers to face the fire fronts.
Donating to the Country Fire Service in South Australia ensures that volunteer firefighters receive support and financial assistance to volunteer firefighters and their families who have suffered death, loss of property or injuries while in the line of service.
In December 2019, WIRES Wildlife Rescue received over 20,000 calls for wildlife rescue. By donating to WIRES, you are helping to rescue and care for native animals in distress who have been displaced and injured from the bushfires.
Wildlife Victorias bushfire appeal will be distributed to wildlife shelters and carers to help rebuild enclosures and equipment that they have lost in the fires in order to support those that are struggling to cope with the enormous number of animals that will need care in the next weeks and months.
First Nations man, Neil Morris is a community rights and empowerment advocate for his fellow First Nations peoples. Morris has developed this fundraiser for fire affected First Nations Communities across Eastern parts of Australia such as Gippsland and the South Coast of NSW. This includes those who have lost their homes and been forced to evacuate to other regions.
The Salvation Army is providing round-the-clock support to firefighters and relief to communities affected by the fires by providing food and water to fire crews and evacuees, practical and emotional support at evacuation centres, and long-term disaster assistance for those recovering.
Donating to the Red Cross will mean that trained staff is able to be deployed to disaster affected communities around NSW and Victoria to assist in evacuation and recovery centres Ready to listen, comfort, and help arrange emergency accommodation or locate a missing loved one through their Register.Find.Reunite service. They will continue to provide one-to-one support as people take stock of their losses and work out what to do next.
The Country Fire Authority is a volunteer and community based fire and emergency services organisation for the state of Victoria. Your donation will go towards supporting the efforts of Victorian firefighters and fire affected communities.
As we look towards the future where healing and recovery is a vital step for so many affected communities, we are also listing below some long-term initiatives helping rebuild lives and communities.
An initiative started by the official CHANEL Australia makeup artist, Victoria Baron, Beauty Bags for Bushfire Victims is Collecting skincare, beauty and wellness products from the beauty industry to create beauty and selfcare bags for victims and heroes of the bushfires.
Animal Rescue Craft Guild is Sewing, making, designing and recycling “everything” to make products that help animal rescue. Beds, crates, containers and support equipment to help rescuers.
Blaze Aid is a volunteer-based organisation helping to lift the spirits of people who are experiencing devastating losses through bushfires. BlazeAid volunteers work in a disaster-affected area for many months, not only helping individuals and families, but also helping rebuild the local communities.
Bhenji Ra is a Sydney based dancer and activist who is on the ground in Batemans Bay and Moruya, taking donations via her Paypal to distribute to those in her community as direct emergency relief for South Coast families affected by bushfires.
The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (WA) Inc (Bushfire Volunteers) is a not-for-profit registered Charity and the Government’s prescribed representative organisation for our 550+ Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades. Donating to Bushfire Volunteers will support volunteer firefighters in WA on the frontlines.