For those over in the top of New South Wales and Queensland, these past couple of days have been horrific.
The intense bushfires have engulfed multiple areas in the two eastern states, destroying over 850,000 hectares of land, more than 200 homes and thousands of animals.
While conditions have eased overnight, more than 1000 firefighters continue to fight the blazes and try to reduce any more damage.
Even though we, here in SA, are not being directly affected by the disaster and may feel completely helpless, there are still things we can do to lend a hand to emergency services and those in need.
Donations are the most helpful and effective way of giving back to those affected by the mass fires and there are multiple organisations and businesses that are getting on board.
Any donation can go a long way when it comes to natural disasters and these South Aussies pubs are using part of their profits to help fundraise money for the Salvation Army Bushfire Appeal. The Mawson Lakes Hotel & Function Centre, Semaphore Hotel and the Hotel Crown Victor Harbour will be giving $1 from every beer or cider sold on Friday, December 6th to the cause.
THE SALVATION ARMY
Hoping to raise a total of $3 million, the Salvos have launched a Disaster Appeal to support the NSW and QLD communities affected by the bushfires.
To donate you can go to www.salvationarmy.org.au/, call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or place your donation at any Woolworths checkout.
ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY
St Vinnies is also jumping on board and have created a further bushfire appeal, aiming to supply food, clothing, furniture and funds to help pay bills for those affected by the devastating fires.
To help out, you can donate to donate.vinnies.org.au/appeals-nsw/vinnies-nsw-bushfire-appeal-nsw or head to any Vinnies store.
THE PORT MACQUARIE KOALA HOSPITAL
Properties and land are not the only things to be affected by the bushfires in the two eastern states, animals are too. It has been estimated that over 300 koalas have perished in Port Macquarie alone along with the large numbers of other wildlife. The hospital is accepting donations in the hopes of developing automatic drinking stations for the wildlife, providing easy access to water to help reduce deaths from dehydration.
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Introducing LINR Paul. He is the first koala admitted from Lake Innes Nature Reserve after the fire. Paul’s fur is singed and his feet and hands are burnt. Here he is receiving some fluids from our dedicated volunteers. Our qualified search and rescue volunteer teams are working closely with Fire and Rescue, Rural Fire Service, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council and National Parks and Wildlife Service to collect burnt or injured koalas and other fauna for treatment and care.
To donate and help Australia’s wildlife in the wake of the crisis, head over to their GoFundMe page at www.gofundme.com/f/help-thirsty-koalas-devastated-by-recent-fires.