How you can help.
There are many organisations working on the ground and they know where to allocate your funds to help the most.
We’ve broken down our donation sources into four different categories: firefighters, people, wildlife, local business. Our list provides just some of the possible places to which you could choose to donate.
You could also establish a giving day at your workplace, for example, to help multiply the effect.
Helping our firefighters
Donations made to the NSW Rural Fire Service directly benefit volunteers fighting fires on the frontline. Contact your local brigade or donate via the RFS website, here.
Support the Victorian firefighters by donating to the state’s Country Fire Association on the CFA website, here.
Donations to CFS volunteer firefighters in South Australia can be made through the CFS Foundation website, here.
Donate to the Rural Fire Brigades Association, Queensland, here.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Western Australia, can help direct your donations, here.
Helping the people affected
The Salvation Army
The Salvos have launched a disaster appeal to support the communities affected by the bushfires. They’ll be providing meals, frontline assistance and ongoing strategic support. Donations can be made by calling 13 SALVOS (13 72 58), at any Woolworths checkout or online, here.
Australian Red Cross
The Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery fund provides support to people and communities impacted by the bushfires. Donations can be made online, here.
Givit is a service that lists the exact needs of individuals through charities. This means you can directly donate what’s needed. Givit is currently running two campaigns for NSW and Queensland bushfire victims, here.
Foodbank is a hunger relief organisation. Donations can be made via their website, here.
The St Vincent De Paul Society is also running an appeal to help rebuild the lives of those affected by fires via the distribution of food, clothing, furniture and money to pay bills. Donations can be made at any Vinnies retail outlet or through their website, here.
Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service
Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service are also playing their part in helping in the emergency, assisting in search and rescue. You can donate, here.
Helping our wildlife
To help wildlife victims of the bushfires in NSW, you can donate to the NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES), here.
Port Macquarie Koala Hospital
Over 2000 koalas have died as a result of the bushfires in NSW alone. To help ensure the survival of koalas who have had their habitat destroyed, a donation can be made to the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital via their GoFundMe page, here.
To help wildlife victims of the bushfires in Victoria, you can donate directly to Wildlife Victoria, here.
The Word Wildlife Fund have established a “Help Save Koalas Fund”. Donations for the bushfire emergency can be made here.
Birdlife Australia let’s you direct your donation to the various areas in which it works to save bird populations, especially those that are endangered. Donate here.
Helping local business
We understand the crisis will have far-reaching effects and for many local businesses in fire-ravaged areas it won’t be over for months, even years. When it comes to supporting business, we encourage you to buy local.
Spend With Them
Athlete, motivational speaker and burns victim Turia Pitt has taken to social media to inform her followers about the importance of helping local businesses that have been affected by the bushfire crisis.
She has created @spendwiththem, a place to feature businesses in fire-affected towns. If you’re shopping for a gift, or yourself, now or in the future, check out @spendwiththem and buy something from one of the businesses featured.
You can find it here.
Buy From The Bush
You can also support drought affected (many of which are also fire affected) business through initiatives such as #BuyFromTheBush, here.