Bushfires in Australia: How you can donate and help

Here are some ways to help those affected by the Australian bushfires.

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Firefighters putting out fires.

This guide gathers details for the major organizations supporting bushfire relief across the country. We’ll keep updating this list; if you have suggestions for inclusions, let us know.

How to donate to the firefighters

New South Wales

OrganizationDescriptionHow to donate
NSW Rural Fire ServiceHelp the volunteer firefighters on the frontline.Online: Donate here

Call: Contact local fire brigade

Victoria

OrganizationDescriptionHow to donate
Country Fire AssociationSupport fire affected communities, and the efforts of Victorian firefighters.Online: Donate here

Queensland

OrganizationDescriptionHow to donate
Rural Fire Brigades AssociationSupport fire affected communities, and the efforts of Victorian firefighters.Online: Donate here

South Australia

OrganizationDescriptionHow to donate
Country Fire ServiceSupport fire affected communities, and the efforts of Victorian firefighters.Online: Donate here

How to help those affected

OrganizationDescriptionHow to donate
The Salvation ArmyWorking with communicated affected, evacuees and frontline responders.Online: Donate here

Call: 13 SALVOS (13 72 58)

In person: at any Woolworths checkout

Australian Red CrossSupporting communities affected by fires including providing specialist emergency volunteers and psychological first aid, and working at evacuation centres.Online: Donate here
The St Vincent De Paul Society (Vinnies)Providing food, clothing, furniture and other essentials including funds to support with bills.Online: Donate here

In person: at any Vinnies store

GivitThrough the GIVIT website, Australian charities request exactly what they need and donors can pledge items for donation.Online: See their NSW and Queensland bushfire victims campaigns
FoodbankDelivering food relief and water to East Gippsland.Online: Donate here
Gippsland Emergency Relief FundLocal volunteers in Gippsland support communities affected by natural disasters.Online: Donate here

In person: at any NAB branch in Australia or at Alan Wilson Insurance Brokers at 40 Argyle St, Traralgon

Bendigo Bank Bushfire Disaster AppealBendigo Bank and The Salvation Army are raising funds to support East Gippsland, Hume, southeast New South Wales and Adelaide Hills.Online: Donate here
AirBnBSharing free accommodation options for people evacuating emergency fire zones, with free accommodation being provided until 16 January 2020.Online: List your property in NSW or in Victoria
Find a BedAssist with accommodation for those displaced by bushfires.Online: register online

Supporting animal rescue and wildlife

OrganizationDescriptionHow to donate
NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES)Improve capabilities to rescue and care for animals.Online: Donate here
Port Macquarie Koala HospitalRaising funds for both wildlife in the Port Macquarie area, and also sharing funds with other wildlife organizations in affected regions in NSW.Online: Donate here
RSPA NSWStaff are assisting at evacuation centres in northern NSW and beyond, helping members of the public keep their pets and livestock safe from the fires.Online: Donate here

Spread the word online

It is important to spread the word online through social media channels to encourage others to provide support in this time of crisis. The bushfires are starting to get international attention, and with that, support through donations.

Australian comedian Celeste Barber has helped raise over $20 million via an online Facebook fundraising page. This effort too is bringing international attention to the bushfire crisis in Australia.

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