As most of you would have heard by now Australia is in the grips of one of our worst bushfire (or wildfires as they are also known). Currently close to 10 million hectares have burnt, 25 people have died, hundreds of houses have burnt down and an untold number of animals have been affected.
To put this into some perspective on the size of the fires someone overlaid Australia showing all the current fires over the US
Now bushfires in Australia are nothing new, what is new is how large and intense these fires are.
What some of you might not know is that I am a member of the CFA, and whilst I currently haven’t been deployed to these major fires, I have been busy over the holiday period at a number of other smaller fires, and been on standby to deploy to these a number of times.
One thing that always amazes me when a country experiences a disaster like this is the generosity of people to give what they can.
I would like to call on the WIFI community if they can to help out by donating to one of the below causes so they can help all the people, communities and animals affected by these fires
HELP THE FIREFIGHTERS
New South Wales
Donations to the NSW Rural Fire Service directly benefit the volunteer firefighters on the frontline. To help, you can contact your local brigade directly or donate here.
You can also donate to the young families of Geoffrey Keaton and Andrew O’Dwyer, who were killed during the Green Wattle Creek fire, and Samuel McPaul, who was killed at the Green Valley fireground, here.
For those interested in supporting the efforts of Victorian firefighters, you can donate to the state’s Country Fire Association here.
Comedian Celeste Barber set up a Facebook fundraiser on Friday, January 3 and it has so far raised a staggering $39 million. She was initially raising funds for The Trustee for NSW Rural Fire Services and Brigades Donations Fund but, after the unprecedented number of donations, she has said the funds would be distributed to all states.
She said the money raised would also be spread to Victoria and South Australia, the Red Cross and families of those killed in the fires, to be decided in consultation with NSW RFS.
HELP THE WILDLIFE
Sydney University have estimated more than 480 million animals have died in Australia since September, as a result of the bushfires.
To help the NSW wildlife victims, you can donate to the NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) here.
Port Macquarie Koala Hospital
More than 2000 koalas are feared to have perished in NSW since September.
The organisation are now sharing the funds with other wildlife organisations in the fire affected regions across NSW. You can donate here.
The World Wildlife Fund have set up a “Help Save Koalas” fund.
You can donate here.
HELP THOSE AFFECTED
The Salvation Army
The Salvos have launched a disaster appeal to support the communities affected by the devastating bushfires.
To donate to the disaster appeal, you can call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58), donate at any Woolworths checkout, or donate online here.
Australian Red Cross
The Australian Red Cross have launched a joint disaster appeal with the ABC to support the communities affected by fires, and have raised more than $2 million already.
“Our specialist emergency volunteers are providing psychological first aid, working at evacuation centres and helping people to get in touch with their loved ones.”
Foodbank is delivering emergency food relief and water to East Gippsland, helping firefighters and local communities caught up in the bushfires.
You can donate here.
Bendigo Bank Bushfire Disaster Appeal
Bendigo Bank have partnered with The Salvation Army to establish an appeal that will raise funds for fire affected communities including East Gippsland, Hume, southeast New South Wales and Adelaide Hills.
You can make a donation here.