You can make a financial donation directly to the RFS via credit card here. You can choose to donate generally to the RFS, or to a specific local brigade, who’s operation rely heavily on individual contributions.
EMERGENCY WARNING: Liberation Trail (Clarence Valley LGA) – Firefighters are working in challenging conditions at the Liberation Trail fire west of Coffs Harbour. Picture by Wolter Peters, SMH #nswrfs#nswfirepic.twitter.com/moI6dsyFRt
Vinnie’s members are present in most local communities. Currently they are providing immediate relief packages to bushfire victims. They are asking for financial donations to help supply food, clothing, essentials as well as financial support to those affected. You can donate here.
There are currently 60 Red Cross volunteers assisting people in 16 evacuation centres across NSW, their emergency specialists are providing first aid and psychological help. While the generosity of goods is appreciated, Red Cross only accepts financial donations, you can donate via this link. They are also running Register.Find.Reunite to help reunite and find loved ones affected in the emergency.
“Those children just raced to each other and cuddled. They were so overcome that they had escaped as well.”
The Salvation Army has launched a ‘disaster appeal’. Volunteers are currently at approximately 12 locations across the state, providing meals for the front line responders and evacuees. Your donation will help keep volunteers in these locations for longer.
There are a number of GoFundMe fundraisers for various communities across NSW and Australia. To date, a combined total of $300,000 has been donated for around 250 individual fundraisers. To see all the different causes and communities you can donate to, click here.
PORT MACQUARIE KOALA HOSPITAL
Of course, it isn’t only humans that have been affected by the fires. There are fears that up to 350 koalas have burnt, with 75 per cent of the footprint on the North Coast being prime koala habitat. Port Macquarie Koala Hospital is an animal welfare, scientific research and education facility. Any surviving koala’s, particularly from the North Coast fires will be taken to this hospital for rehabilitation. Currently almost $370,000 has been raised, in which they say they will use to buy automatic drinking stations for the koala’s left in the bushland, as well as to help with rehabilitation of the koala’s at the hospital. You can donate to their GoFundMe page here.
The Rescue Collective is helping Koala’s all the way up the NSW Coastline, they say animals are pouring into wildlife hospitals injured, dehydrated and suffering from smoke inhalation. Your donation will help with transport, products and supplies for the rehabilitation of the animals as well as support the carers through the coming weeks.
They have also pulled together a “wish list” with items required to assist koala’s and other animals, this includes drop points for the goods.
AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS SUPPORT
A number of Australian Business’ are also supporting the communities through different channels.
Australian skincare company, UltraViolette, donated 100% of all profits from website sales from November 13 to the NSW Rural Fire Service.