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Australia is on fire. The devastation is vast. To date, 12.35 million acres have burned, 24 people have died and over a billion animals have perished. One billion.
Entire species are threatened and when it’s all said and done it is highly likely many of Australia’s animal species will be on the endangered list, if they weren’t already, due to the devastation.
People are finding entire towns completely gone, thousands and thousands of people are homeless or threatened.
The pollutants caused by these fires will have affects throughout the globe and the damage done will also have widespread impacts on world climates, various species of animals and plants will be irreversibly damaged or destroyed.
We are one tribe. This world we are on is not nearly as large as we believe. When one of our great nations hurt, we all hurt. Just because this may not be happening in our backyard; it is our responsibility as humans to help one another during times of need. This is a dire need.
So, what can we do? We have compiled a list of legitimate organizations who are fighting the fight and banding together for Australia.
A common misconception is that if you can’t donate a large dollar amount, you aren’t making a difference. If just 200 people who read this post, donate just $10, together, we can raise $2,000.
Combine that with the efforts, big and small of others and we can come together to have a direct, positive impact on those affected.
Direct Ways to Help
Since July 2019, Australian Red Cross crews have been boots on the ground in the fire zones helping those affected, handing out supplies, helping where needed. Thousands of people, according to the Australian Red Cross website are currently being housed in shelters. To donate to the Australia Red Cross visit HERE!
Kangaroo Island is located in South Australia. Over one third of the island is protected as nature reserve and it serves as a home and safe place for rare species and Australian wildlife. To date, according to NASA , one third, 383,000 acres, of the entire Kangaroo Island has been destroyed by fires. A Go Fund Me has been set up to help Kangaroo Island and the helpless animals it protects. To donate to this cause click HERE!
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is a trusted organization who can proudly tout that 78% of donations made to their causes go directly to help said causes. 78% of every dollar you donate goes directly to helping animals in desperate need. That is an incredible number and a wonderful, positive impact. You can donate to help the animals threatened by the fires and help WWF continue their work as an advocate and savior for these innocent creatures through their website HERE!
The Koala Hospital was established in 1973 and since then has been working to recover, rehabilitate and re-introduce whenever possible, injured, orphaned or ill koalas back into the wild. They also serve as an educational pillar in Australia to educate the public about koalas, their importance and their endangerment. The Koala Hospital is working tirelessly to rescue and help injured and endangered koalas all over the country of Australia. You can donate to The Koala Hospital in various ways, through their website HERE!
GIVIT is an organization in Australia helping the most marginalized and vulnerable; those experiencing homelessness, those living in extreme poverty and those looking or a platform for their organization helping those in need throughout Australia. Often forgotten about when massive disasters like this strike, GIVIT is working to ensure that “every community service provider has what it needs through the simple act of giving.” According to their website, “The GIVIT platform is free to use and makes giving easy by allowing you to see exactly what is required by vulnerable community members. We support all agencies, services and charities in Australia who work directly with impoverished, marginalised and vulnerable people.” They are working directly with service providers to help folks impacted by these fires. You can donate to GIVIT in monetary form or by donating physical items through their website HERE!
If you are interested in donating to the firefighters who are on the front lines, battling the deadly blazes, there are several ways to do so.
- Donate to The NSW Rural Fire Service HERE!
- Donate to the Country Fire Service in South Australia volunteer firefighters HERE!
- The Queensland Fire and Rescue accepts donations through GIVIT (mentioned above) HERE!
- Donate to the Country Fire Association to help support firefighters in Victoria and surrounding communities HERE!
Indirect Ways to Help
United Lifters is an online retail shop dedicated mostly to weight lifting but they are doing an amazing promotion to raise money for the Australian Wildfires. 100% of all the proceeds, let me reiterate that, 100% of all the proceeds from the sale of their Koalas and Kilos tank top and t-shirt go directly to help those affected by the fires and the relief efforts. You can read more about the non-profits they will be helping on their Instagram . You can purchase this limited edition shirt on their website HERE! I got mine, go get yours!
Neverland Mermaid Designs, one of my absolutely favorite ear makers has released a special pair of limited edition ears. These Kanga and Roo ears from Winnie the Pooh are adorable and 50% of all profits from the sale of these ears will go directly to the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park. We can all do our part and who says you can’t get a really cute pair of ears out of it while contributing to an amazing cause. Click HERE to get yours.
A Florida based company called Banana Man Clothing called Banana Man Clothing has created a new new shirt and hoodie on their website called, The Koala. For each purchase of a hoodie or t-shirt in this collection, the company will donate 20% to WIRES, which is Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organization. Ryan Armstrong, creator of the clothing line told ABC 3, “What we’re doing with these shirts is gonna be a drop in the bucket, I know that,” Armstrong said. “But it’s something.” Join us and do something, even a drop in the bucket is a drop of good that wasn’t there before. Head on over to their website to pick up a great hoodie, t shirt or both for a great cause and also support a small business. Check out the website HERE!
Lone Cactus Shop is selling a $15 tee to save the Koalas. This adorable shirt shows a koala in Mickey ears. It doesn’t get any cuter (especially for a good cause) than that. All proceeds will benefit WIRES. Click HERE to visit their website to support this amazing shop and this incredible cause to get yours today!
These are some of the ways that you can give back and help our friends in Australia, two-legged and four. We can all make a difference; there is no donation too small. Every dollar matters. Let’s band together and help this beautiful country and the people and animals who call it home.
“One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know that they are not alone.” Shannon L. Alder
Thank you. Thank you for reading this blog post. Please share the link with your friends, families, co-workers and all over social media. Thank you for considering a donation to one of these great causes and thank you for caring. We can all do our part. “Nobody ever became poor by giving.” Anne Frank.
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