As the devastating extent of Australia’s bushfires unrolls, our hearts go out to the millions of people and wildlife affected.
Sleep and Sound have pledged to donate a portion of all sales for January to the Australian Bushfire Relief
Many people around the country, are all wondering what they can do to help.
If you’d like to lend some financial support, these reputable organizations will make sure your funds go where they can help the most.
- Australian Red CrossSt Vincent de Paul Society
- Salvation Army
- Victorian Bushfire Appeal
- Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund
- Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal
- South Australia Department of Human Services
It’s also a great idea to buy locally from businesses affected by the fires. Spend With Them has a great catalogue of affected businesses.
Funds and Goods
Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund Appeal: givenow.com.au/gippslandrelieffund
Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) | givenow.com.au/disastersfund
Anglican Relief and Development Fund Australia is providing help on Australia’s east coast and needs money for relief and to support on-the-ground pastoral care by clergy, lay volunteers and emergency chaplains.
Surplus goods “matchmaker” Good360 is seeking funds to support its distribution of brand-new surplus goods. Good360 connects businesses with Australians in need to supply such things as furniture, mattresses, home goods and other necessities.
In Victoria, the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund (GERF) – which has been around for 41 years – wants to assist fire-affected East Gippslanders.
In South Australia, the Shoe Boxes of Love organisation is organising small boxes of essentials for victims of fires in Queensland, SA, Victoria and NSW.
Rural and country firefighting organisations are among those who have created fundraising pages to help with resources to let them continue to battle blazes.
Rural Fire Service Association, aims to help those on the frontlines with refreshments, clean T-shirts and hygiene items.
It’s created a fund for firefighters and aims to raise $100,000 this fire season.
CFS Foundation (SA): givenow.com.au/cfsfoundation
Kurrajong Rural Fire Brigade (NSW): givenow.com.au/kurrajongrfs
Research CFA (VIC): givenow.com.au/researchcfa
Hall RFS (ACT): givenow.com.au/hallruralfirebrigade
Animal welfare organisations have stepped up to rescue and protect native fauna affected by bushfires that have torn through their habitat.
Wildcare Queanbeyan: givenow.com.au/wildcarequeanbeyan
Health-related causes listed on the GiveNow site include the Victorian Adult Burns Service at The Alfred hospital. The service provides help with complex major burn injuries, as well as less severe burns, for patients based in metro areas, and it also provides outpatient services for rural residents.
Gippsland Women’s Health is seeking donations to support period needs for women and girls in the fire-affected communities of East and Far East Gippsland, and will organise donated and purchased goods to be distributed via relief centres.
Climate Change Causes
Climate change and disaster risk reduction (Save the Children): givenow.com.au/savethechildrenaustraliaclimatechange | Start a CrowdRaiser
CLIMARTE Arts for a Safe Climate: givenow.com.au/climarte
Be The Change Public Fund: givenow.com.au/organisation/public/1364
Non-Financial Help for Bushfire Victims
Find a Bed emergency accommodation for people (and pets)
Disaster legal helpline (VIC) 1800 113 432 | NSW – Legal Aid 1800 801 529
The Great Australian Spirit
The outpour of support from individuals, organizations and businesses alike has been amazing, and our hearts go out to those affected by these bushfires.
While the blazes have shocked everyone, some of the hardest work will be rebuilding the communities affected. It’s extraordinary how people from all walks of life are banding together to help each other. It’s a privilege to contribute.
Let’s help make a difference!