I am as Australian as a man born in London, UK could possibly be. Both parents were born in Australia and my European antecedents began arriving there early in the 19th century. I have close and extended family in that wonderful country.
The bushfires in Australia are a national catastrophe and an international disaster. As with other disasters that could have been mitigated with responsible advance action, what has happened in Australia has effects that will be felt in other parts of the world.
Should you wish to donate:
Australian Red Cross Bushfire Appeal: https://www.redcross.org.au/…/disaster-relief-and-recovery-…
Salvation Army Bushfire Appeal
NSW Rural Fire Service Donations
CFS: Country Fire Service Donations
Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund
Comedian Celeste Barber’s Bushfire Appeal
Celeste set up a fundraising account to raise money for the The Trustee for NSW Rural Fire Service & Brigades Donations Fund. She’s already at $7m!! If you’d like to join in, click here: https://www.facebook.com/donate/1010958179269977/2477326602586291/
Sponsor A Firefighter
A FB page called My Sisters Keeper has been doing an incredible effort buying face masks for firefighters! You can also spend $90 and sponsor the cost of a face mask for a firefighter. Check out her FB page and follow her instructions.
BlazeAid (VOLUNTEER OR DONATE)
This is a volunteer-based organisation that works with families and individuals in rural Australia after natural disasters such as fires and floods. Working alongside the rural families, the volunteers help to rebuild fences and other structures that have been damaged or destroyed. https://blazeaid.com.au/
The Burrumbuttock Hay Runners
The Burrumbuttock Hay Runners take hay to drought-affected farmers in NSW and Qld. All is done via donations and goodwill. Donate here: https://www.mycause.com.au/…/bhr-fire-disaster-drought-appe…
Foundation For Rural and Regional Renewal
Country Women’s Association
Animal Rescue Craft Guild
Can you sew? Then join the 21,000 people around the world sewing items for our injured wildlife. They are making joey pouches, bat wraps, koala mittens and kangaroo hangers. The rescued and injured animals really need your help.
WIRES is Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organisation. WIRES mission is to actively rehabilitate and preserve Australian wildlife and inspire others to do the same. https://www.wires.org.au/
Foodbank is delivering emergency food relief and water to East Gippsland, helping firefighters and local communities caught up in the bushfires.It is fundraising to send about 5,000 food relief hampers in the coming days.
One Tree Planted
One Tree Planed is a 501C3 non-profit with a focus on global reforestation. As an environmental charity, they are dedicated to making it easier for individuals and businesses to give back to the environment, create a healthier climate, protect biodiversity and help reforestation efforts around the world. All by planting trees! $1 plants one tree! https://onetreeplanted.org/collections/…/products/australia…
Royal Far West
Royal Far West works closely with families, schools, allied health professionals and local communities to connect rural and remote Australian children with the healthcare they need. https://www.royalfarwest.org.au/
Shoe Boxes of Love
This organisation is collecting necessary brand new personal care items such as toothbrushes, body wash, nappies, sanitary items, etc. You can even donate money or do a click and collect at their local supermarket if you can’t get the goods to them or don’t want to send money. Donate here: https://www.shoeboxesoflove.on.net/…
Melbourne Period Project
The Melbourne Period Project are doing some great work on providing much-needed sanitary items to bushfire affected areas and have also provided other helpful links in relation to those caring for children. Donate here: https://www.nhcollective.org.au/nhc-bushfire-relief/…
The Nappy Collective
The NC collect leftover, unused disposable nappies across Australia and divert them to families in crisis.
Blue Hope offers mental health services and support to former and current police officers. http://www.bluehope.org.au/
Vinteloper Wines – BUY A BOTTLE OF WINE FROM DAVID!
That’s David’s vineyard in the photo. David Bowley lost his entire home and business (a vineyard) to the fires in the Adelaide Hills. You can help him rebuild by buying a bottle of his wine. (I know many of you have already bought a bottle — David emailed me last week to say how shocked and happy he was that so many Brisbane orders came through for his wine when I posted about it the other week. Keep it up! Let’s help him rebuild.)
GIVIT – Goods For Good Causes
Givit is already on the ground and working in the bushfire areas. What is GIVIT? It’s like a matchmaking service for charities. The Givit team work with hundreds of charities around the country finding out what their clients NEED and then go to the general public with a wish list. Check out the GIVIT site to see if you have an item at home that someone else desperately needs. OR list a good quality item you are willing to donate and GIVIT will contact hundreds of charities to see if that item can be of use.
Start following Buy From The Bush on Facebook or Instagram and let’s all aim to support regional businesses this year. Also think about doing holidays and weekends away in regional towns to help spend dollars in the local community. https://www.facebook.com/groups/buyfromthebush/
One Day Closer to Rain (Drought) – Rural Cottage Crafts
Join this FB group to discover amazing handmade arts and crafts created by those in rural areas. Similar to #BuyFromTheBush — this is about supporting regional businesses.
Greening Australia is an Australian environmental organisation, founded in 1982, the International Year of the Tree, to protect, restore and conserve Australia’s native vegetation. Greening Australia was formed by the United Nations Association of Australia and the Nursery Industry Association of Australia.
Trees For Life (SA) (Donate or Volunteer)
Our people are at the heart of all we do. We revegetate and protect bushland, farmland and urban terrain. With local knowledge, we raise awareness about native plants and animals. And with experience we empower people to take action and connect with their landscape.
Care Outreach offers a helping hand to Queensland & NSW farmers who are suffering from the effects of severe drought.
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Eat Up Australia – Australia -wide
I love these guys! 10.9% of Australian kids are living in poverty. Eat Up Australia works around the country to supply a free school lunch to kids who are going hungry at school. Once a month you can get together with dozens of other volunteers and make up to 5000 sandwiches in an hour which get bagged up and delivered to schools. It’s a great way to give back. Best of all, kids under 12 are welcome to volunteer. https://eatup.org.au/
Here’s a way to actually save another person’s life. Give blood. 1 in 3 Australians will require a blood transfusion at some point in their lives. The actual process only takes 5-15 minutes and the whole appointment no longer than one hour. Plus you get a free snack. #winning Do it for Joe … a wonderful man who died suddenly in 2018 and who is dearly missed by his wife, kids, family and friends.
Make A Meal At Ronald McDonald House
I’ve done this several times over the years and it’s WONDERFUL. Grab a group of friends, family or colleagues, buy the ingredients and head into the kitchen at RMH and make a meal for the families staying at your local Ronald McDonald House. It’s an incredibly rewarding experience and a wonderful way to support the families who are staying there while caring for a sick child. https://www.rmhc.org.au/volunteer
Orange Sky Australia
If you’re a great listener and love a chat — volunteer with Orange Sky Laundry. OSL is a mobile laundry service providing a chance for disadvantaged people to have their clothes washed. And in the hour it takes to do a load of laundry — volunteers sit and chat to the those everyday Australians using the service. It’s a wonderful way to connect. Volunteers are required every fortnight for a few hours.https://orangesky.org.au/volunteer
Cake Angels is a group of volunteers across Australia who provide decorated cakes to those in need (eg a birthday cake for a child in hospital). Maybe you’re a professional baker or maybe you just love to bake – all volunteers are welcome! https://www.cakeangels.org.au/about-us/
The Pyjama Foundation – Australia -wide
If you are longing to make a significant difference in life of a child — become a Pyjama Angel! Trained “reading angels” are sent into the homes of kids in the foster care system to help provide them with support and help them unlock their love of reading (which can, in turn, change the course of their life). Volunteer OR host a Pyjama Day at school or work and raise funds to help train volunteer angels! https://thepyjamafoundation.com/volunteer/…
Provide Queensland hospitals with memory boxes to give to families whose babies or children pass away from any cause from 16 weeks gestation up to 18 years of age. They are always looking for volunteers to help at events as well as donations. (My friend Pam makes cards to go in the memory boxes .. ) If you’ve suffered a stillbirth or miscarriage, this is a meaningful way to honour the memory of that baby. https://www.preciouswings.org/
Mummy’s Wish – Australia-wide
Mums who are dealing with a cancer diagnosis still need to be mum to their kids. Mummy’s Wish provides these mums with practical support (from house-cleaning to liaising with their children’s school). You can donate money or volunteer your time to help them at their events. They’re also currently looking for a graphic designer to help them. https://mummyswish.org.au/about-us/
Hummingbird House– Queensland
Hummingbird House is Queensland’s only children’s hospice and it is a place full of love, laughter and magic. HH is always looking for volunteers for a wide range of roles — you just need to commit to giving ONE SHIFT PER WEEK for 12 months. If this is you – click here to read more: http://hummingbirdhouse.org.au/home/volunteer/
The Basket Brigade – Australia-wide
This was a highlight of my Christmas season in 2019. The Basket Brigade operates in 74 countries around the world with the aim of getting Christmas hampers and presents to the city’s most vulnerable – disadvantaged families, children and the elderly. You can donate a hamper of food, a new toy or other presents or you can donate your time to wrap presents, pack hampers and deliver these gifts to those in need. I can’t recommend it highly enough. Sign up for Christmas 2020 if you can! Kids are also welcome on the volunteering wrapping/packing days. http://www.magicmoments.org.au/basket-brigades/