How you can help
There are many organisations working on the ground helping communities respond and recover from disaster.
We’ve provided a list of some of the possible places to which you could choose to donate to help communities in need.
You could also establish a giving day at your workplace, for example, to help multiply the effect.
Helping the people affected
The Salvation Army
The Salvos Emergency Services provide meals, refreshments and frontline assistance to emergency service workers and people displaced by disaster in evacuation centres. Donations can be made by calling 13 SALVOS (13 72 58).
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.
Foodbank is a hunger relief organisation. Donations can be made via 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 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 and Grace McBride have taken to social media to inform their followers about the importance of helping local businesses that have been affected by fire.
They created @spendwiththem, a place to feature businesses in fire-affected towns. If you’re shopping for a gift, or yourself, 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.