The past month, the news have been riddled with the fires happening in Australia, and its just beyond devastating to watch what is happening over there. It’s heartbreaking to witness all the devastation happening off in the distance, and we are expected to resume our daily lives.
Nearly 200 fires are still burning across the entire country of Australia, with smoke spreading across thousands of miles — affecting places as far as New Zealand, where ash has turned glaciers yellow.
It’s estimated that 8000 koalas (one third of the koala population in New South Wales) have been killed –– a figure that is feared to be even higher as the fires continue. I could go on and on about the damage that has already been done, but I rather highlight on ways you can help them right now, even if you on the other side of the world from them.
If you happen to live in Australia, you can donate items to the volunteers and evacuees through organizations like Givit.
The Australian Red Cross has volunteers at evacuation and recovery centers.
Salvation Army Australia is providing shelter and meals for both evacuees and volunteers.
The Victorian Government has partnered with Bendigo Bank and The Salvation Army to establish the Victorian Bushfire Appeal. 100% of donated funds will go directly to communities in need.
WIRES is an Australia wildlife rescue nonprofit.
New South Wales Rural Fire Service has set up two specific funds for the families of two firefighters who have died in the line of duty.
Port Macquarie Koala Hospital and Currumbin Wildlife Hospital are providing on the ground aid for animals.
Thankfully, conditions are beginning to ease as firefighters are gaining control over several dangerous fires. The awareness shared through social media has helped raise tens of millions of dollars, money which will help aid first responders and animal rescuers to do all they can to put an end to this nightmare. Let’s make 2020 the year that we stand up for the climate. It’s time to speak up for the voiceless and take action for what is right.
Siella came home from school yesterday talking about the fires in Australia. We went into an depth conversation about it and I told her I just wrote a blog post about ways you can help and how Daddy and I donated money to a bunch of different organizations. But she kept asking how she can raise money. After many different ideas, we decided she was going to make custom bracelets and sell them for $5 with 100% of the proceeds going to Australia! We announced her idea last night on my stories and we woke up to about 30 orders! YOU GUYS! I’m just melting…her sweet idea and your generosity! Dm me for deets. I’m currently setting up her own PayPal account and have a feeling we are going to have a very busy weekend making these sweet bracelets!
15 thoughts on “Ways You Can Help Australia”
Wild fires are never a good thing. Thanks for showing me ways that I can help.
What’s happening in Australia breaks my heart. I can’t believe all the animals, humans, and houses that have been lost. It really horrified me to hear that so many of these have been intentionally set.
Im sooooo sad about it all. Helping in all the ways I can from NY.
It’s so sad to see what is happening in Australia. The number of animals lost is especially horrible. I’m glad there are things we can do to help despite being so far away.
This absolutely breaks my heart! I hope they can repair all of the damage and stop it from happening again!
Yes me too! I never want something like this to happen again!
It’s so heartbreaking. I read they’ve arrested 20+ people for these fires too. I’m glad you are spreading the word about ways to help.
Its all so sad.
So sad with what’s happening there! Thank you for sharing ways we can help!
What’s happening is really heartbreaking. Thanks for sharing this!
This is so heartbreaking! I feel so bad for the people and all the animals.
Im so heartbroken!
It is so sad what is happening in Australia right now! They need all the help they can get from anyone!!
So sad that this had to happen. I pray that Australia gets lots of rain – heavy rains and tropical storms so that these fires will stop. I will also check out those links and see how I can help.
Yes! Definitely praying for tons of rain!