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Australian bushfire crisis - how you can help

Along with everyone around the country - and the world, The Block Shop team have been saddened by the bushfires ravaging our home - Australia.

It's utterly devastating to see how many homes, lives, businesses, livestock and ALL the precious wildlife have been affected. We all feel a bit helpless however we want to extend our extreme gratitude to everyone involved and the heroes on the ground risking their own safety to protect others.

Bushfire Seascape Living
'Australian Sunshine' created by Block Shop artist Seascape Living to represent hope, strength and love of this beautiful country, we are so lucky to call home!

It's heartwarming to see the generosity of Australians at times like these. If you have the capacity to respond, money is what charities need most right now. As well as delivering emergency relief in the short-term, charities need funding for long-term support services to help people, communities and the natural environment recover in the years to come. 


The below has been prepared by independent not-for-profit Australian Philanthropic Services to assist donors wishing to make a cash donation or to give in other ways that don't involve cash or goods.

Nationwide

These national charities are providing frontline emergency assistance right now, and long-term recovery support, across multiple states and territories:

Australian Red Cross Society is accepting donations through its Disaster Relief Fund, which helps those affected by bushfires, heat, floods, cyclones and other national emergencies. As of 6 January, ARC is providing direct emergency assistance to bushfire victims.

The Salvation Army Eastern Territory is conducting an emergency and disaster appeal which provides material support, such as meals, clothing and accommodation support, to evacuees and frontline responders around the country

Food Bank Australia is the only Australian organisation that provides direct food relief in the wake of natural disasters. Donations to their bushfire appeal go towards providing essential supplies to support emergency workers and affected communities during recovery works.

Givit is collecting donations for the purchase of new household items as well as coordinating public donations of goods-in-kind (including clothing, furniture, whitegoods) across Australia

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal is focusing on long-term recovery support via their perpetual Disaster Resilience and Recovery Fund, which supports national disaster preparedness and recovery by enabling local leaders to access funds for emerging needs that they have identified as most important for their community.

Save the Children has launched a bushfire appeal to establish child-friendly spaces in communities affected by bushfires, including Wagga Wagga and Bairnsdale, where qualified early childhood specialists support children while their families receive referrals to other services.

New South Wales & the Australian Capital Territory

St Vincent de Paul National Society of Australia is raising funds through its bushfire appeal, in conjunction with Channel Nine, to support victims of the fires around NSW.

The NSW Rural Fire Service and Brigades operates a Donations Fund providing support for bushfire relief and local brigades.

NB. Australian comedian Celeste Barber’s Facebook donation page has raised a phenomenal $48million (and climbing) for the NSW Rural Fire Service. 

Victoria

Victorian Bushfire Appeal. To make an eligible donation in support of the Victorian government-backed bushfire appeal, being conducted in partnership with the Bendigo Bank Community Enterprise Foundation, PAFs and giving (sub) funds can do so via the Salvation Army which is also a partner in the appeal. If you have a PAF or giving fund, you cannot give to the bushfire appeal directly as Community Enterprise Foundation is a DGR Item

The Country Fire Authority operates a Donation Fund that allows you to specify the local brigade in Victoria that you would like to support

Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund is a volunteer-run organisation which is collecting donations to support Gippsland residents who have lost their homes or had their property damaged by a bushfire, flood or storm event.

Queensland

The Rural Fire Brigades Associate of QLD operates a Public Fund which supports rural fire brigades and volunteers.

Lifeline Queensland operated by UnitingCare Community is running a disaster appeal supporting provision of psychological first aid to communities impacted by disaster.

South Australia

The South Australian Country Fire Service operates the CFS Foundation Volunteer Support Fund which supports voluntary rural fire brigades.

Blaze Aid helps families in rural Australia, including South Australia, who are affected by natural disasters. Blaze Aid volunteers have been active recently on Kangaroo Island.

 
Kangaroos by Jess Marney Bushfire
'Love and Fear' kangaroo print by Block Shop artist Jess Marney who is donating all profits to wires wildlife rescue.

Our ravaged environment

If you would like to support injured and affected wildlife and landscapes:

Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife is conducting an emergency appeal that will provide targeted funding for first aid and rescue equipment for injured animals, as well as providing support for wildlife carers across Australia.

Worldwide Fund for Nature Australia has a bushfire appeal that aims to save injured wildlife and recover lost landscapes in critical koala habitat.

Wildlife Victoria operates a Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Fund that supports wildlife shelters and carers during emergency and recovery periods.

NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) is coordinating an emergency response appeal to rescue injured wildlife through its Public Gift Fund. Donations are encouraged via telephone (02) 8977 3396 or email support@wires.org.au. The WIRES Facebook campaign has experienced some issues due to the overwhelming response.

RSPCA NSW has a bushfire appeal assisting with evacuating wildlife, livestock and pets in NSW and beyond.

More than money

#buyfromthebush or #spendwiththem
Consider supporting affected communities buy following which showcases small business gems across rural and regional Australia. You can buy produce/gifts that help support small livelihoods in communities facing fire and drought.

Accommodation initiatives 

Find a Bed has been developed to offer beds or homes to evacuees. In East Gippsland, any offers of emergency accommodation can be made by emailing the local council.

Airbnb has established the Open Homes initiative, where hosts can offer free accommodation to affected people as well as rescue workers. 

Give Blood

Australian Red Cross Blood Service is calling on Australians to consider donating blood in response to the ongoing bushfire crisis.

Or you could even host a crafternoon!
The Australian based Animal Rescue Craft Guild put out a call out for crafting volunteers to knit, crochet and sew shelters for animals affected by the crisis

 
Stay safe Block Shoppers and together we can ALL make a difference x
 
While Moose Koala Vase
 Proceeds from sales of products in this category will be donated to the Bushfire Recovery effort.
  

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