How you can help the Australian wildfires relief effort
Feeling helpless? Here’s what you can do.
Thunderstorms and showers might have brought a little relief to those tackling deadly wildfires across Australia’s east coast, but there are also concerns that lightning could spark more flames, particularly as hot and windy conditions are set to return.
The fires have destroyed 2,000 homes, killed 25 people and decimated an estimated half a billion animals – if not more – as well as swathes of natural habitat.
Faced with numbers like that – and knowing an area of land twice the size of US state Maryland has been devastated – it’s easy to feel total despair and a sense of hopelessness.
However, celebrities including Chris Hemsworth, Sir Elton John and Kylie Jenner have announced donations of one million US dollars (£762,000) apiece to relief efforts, while Nicole Kidman and Pink have donated $500,000 to local fire services.
You might not have a million at your disposal, but even the smallest donation can make a difference.
To support local fire services
You can donate directly to individual state fire services in New South Wales (see links in Kidman’s Instagram post below), and to the NSW Rural Fire Service, which is updating its website and online map with incident hot spots and advice for those in the area.
To support wildfire victims
Donations to the Australian Red Cross‘ Disaster Relief and Recovery fund has enabled the deployment of “1,285 trained staff and volunteers to disaster-affected communities”. They are providing one-to-one support and emergency accommodation to those in need, and note: “Our experience in emergencies shows that donations of money, wherever possible, help affected communities recover sooner.”
The Salvation Army Australia is also encouraging people to donate, rather than send goods, for practical reasons. Aussie organisation GIVIT meanwhile is using donations to buy essential goods and items for those affected.
To support the Australian wildlife
RSPCA New South Wales are running a Bushfire Appeal to support their work entering cleared fire zones, to find and treat injured animals. WIRES is also committed to rescuing (where possible) and caring for creatures affected.
To support climate change efforts
This you can do it home, without having to make a donation. Droughts and extreme temperatures, arguably as a result of climate change, have exacerbated the bushfires, but we can all make day-to-day changes that will help cut our individual carbon footprint.
Turn off lights and devices when not in use, walk or take the train instead of flying or driving, use up every last bit of food in the house, compost and use water responsibly – you know the drill.
The Press Association
Latest posts by The Press Association (see all)
- Big Garden Birdwatch: Warmer weather could boost tiny birds’ survival chances - January 24, 2020
- Quiz: Do remember the currencies these European countries had before the Euro? - January 24, 2020
- Ask an expert: How much exercise should you be doing over the age of 50? - January 23, 2020
- 5 symptoms of kidney cancer everyone should be aware of - January 22, 2020
- Worried about waterlogging? How to look after your garden when wet weather strikes - January 21, 2020
Leave a Comment!
Community Terms & Conditions
These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.
You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.
be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.
Contributions must not:
contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.
Nurturing a safe environment
Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.
We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!