As the devastating extent of Australia’s bushfire unrolls, our hearts go out to the millions of people and wildlife affected. Sleep and Sound has pledged to donate a portion of all sales for January to the Australian Bushfire Relief.
Many people around the country are wondering what they can do to help.
Most authorities agree that the most effective way to help is by donating money, with estimates of money raised now exceeding $100 million. 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 catalog of affected businesses.
Funds and Goods
- · Red Cross disaster relief and recovery | Fundraise for Red Cross
- · Rotary National Bushfires Appeal
- · SA State Emergency Relief Fund
- · Save the Children’s Child-Friendly Spaces campaign
- · Foodbank bushfire emergency appeal
- · Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities
- Good360: Redistributing surplus goods to Australians in need
· KI Mayoral Relief and Recovery Bushfire Fund
· LifeHouse Care (Coffs Coast)
- · Salt Ministries
- · Mallacoota’s Community Health Infrastructure and Resilience Fund (CHIRF)
- · Mallacoota Fires Support Fund
- · Donate shares to charity via Share Gift Australia
- · Mobilising for Mogo Public School (NSW)
- · BlazeAid: Helping communities rebuild
· Gippsland Farmer Relief
Bushfire Disaster Appeal (National): givenow.com.au/bendigobankbushfireappeal | Start a CrowdRaiser
St Vinnie’s NSW bushfire emergency appeal: givenow.com.au/vinniesnswbushfire | Start a CrowdRaiser
Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund Appeal: givenow.com.au/gippslandrelieffund
Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) | givenow.com.au/disastersfund
Anglican Relief & Development Fund Australia, bushfire emergency relief: givenow.com.au/anglicanreliefanddevelopmentfund | Start a CrowdRaiser
Good360 disaster relief fund: givenow.com.au/good360 | Start a CrowdRaiser
Stand Up Bushfire Appeal (national Jewish appeal): givenow.com.au/standup-bushfire-appeal | Start a CrowdRaiser
Deaf Australia Bushfire Appeal: givenow.com.au/deafbushfiresappeal | Start a CrowdRaiser
Shoe Boxes of Love Inc emergency relief packs (SA): givenow.com.au/sbolemergencyreliefpacks | Start a CrowdRaiser
Border Trust Bushfire Relief Fund (Community Foundation for Albury Wodonga Region): www.givenow.com.au/bordertrustbushfirerelief | Start a CrowdRaiser
Kiwanis Australia District Charitable Foundation (Bushfire Disaster Relief): www.givenow.com.au/kiwanisbushfirerelief | Start a CrowdRaiser
Australian Lions Foundation (supported by Australia’s Lions Clubs): givenow.com.au/australianlionsfoundation | Start a CrowdRaiser
Australian Horizons Foundation (Australia Burning): givenow.com.au/fire | Start a CrowdRaiser
Anglican Relief and Development Fund Australia provides help on Australia’s east coast. It needs money for relief and supports 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 organization is organizing small boxes of essentials for victims of fires in Queensland, SA, Victoria, and NSW.
Rural and country firefighting organizations 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.
NSW Rural Fire Service Association: givenow.com.au/rfsa | Start a CrowdRaiser
Firefighters Charity Fund Appeal (VIC): givenow.com.au/firefighterscharityfund | Start a CrowdRaiser
CFS Foundation (SA): givenow.com.au/cfsfoundation
Bargo Volunteer Rural Fire Brigade (NSW): givenow.com.au/bargorfs | Start a CrowdRaiser
Grose Vale Rural Fire Brigade (NSW): givenow.com.au/gvrfb | Start a CrowdRaiser
Kurrajong Rural Fire Brigade (NSW): givenow.com.au/kurrajongrfs
Bayswater CFA (VIC): givenow.com.au/bayswatercfa | Start a CrowdRaiser
Research CFA (VIC): givenow.com.au/researchcfa
Hall RFS (ACT): givenow.com.au/hallruralfirebrigade
Bushfire Preparedness and Recovery Service (VIC): givenow.com.au/thebushfirefoundation | Start a CrowdRaiser
Animal welfare organizations have stepped up to rescue and protect native fauna affected by bushfires that have torn through their habitat.
FAWNA: givenow.com.au/fawna | Start a CrowdRaiser
RSPCA (national) | RSPCA NSW
Zoos Victoria Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund 2020
Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife
Blue Mountains Koala Bushfire Appeal: givenow.com.au/koalaconservation | Start a CrowdRaiser
Wombat Rescue: givenow.com.au/wombatrescue | Start a CrowdRaiser
Wildcare Australia (SE QLD): givenow.com.au/cause1820 | Start a CrowdRaiser
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 and less severe burns for patients based in metro areas, and it also provides outpatient services for rural residents.
Gippsland Women’s Health seeks donations to support period needs for women and girls in the fire-affected communities of East and Far East Gippsland. It will organize donated and purchased goods to be distributed via relief centers.
Climate Change Causes
Climate change and disaster risk reduction (Save the Children): givenow.com.au/savethechildrenaustraliaclimatechange | Start a CrowdRaiser
Citizens’ Climate Lobby: givenow.com.au/aucclsolutions | Start a CrowdRaiser
Climate and Health Alliance: givenow.com.au/caha | 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
Airbnb Open Homes free accommodation for bushfire victims: NSW | VIC
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!