The horrific brushfires in Southern Australia are still raging on — displacing thousands of people, wiping out millions of acres and destroying thousands of homes and buildings. Australia is also seeing record-breaking temperatures, last week saw a high of 107f. The brushfire crisis has claimed the lives of at least 25 people and burned through more than 11 million acres since it sparked in September.
As the more than 130 fires continue to burn across New South Wales and Victoria, ecologists from the University of Sydney believe almost half a billion total mammals, birds and reptiles have died since September and entire eco-systems have been severely and perhaps permanently impacted, including near-by glaciers.
Although there was a brief respite from rain yesterday, they are only mid-way through their summer, so the risk of extreme temperatures and wildfires will continue for the months ahead.
Here’s where you can donate to help the victims of the fires during this devastating time:
Australian Red Cross: www.redcross.org.au
Australian Red Cross teams are supporting thousands of people in evacuation centers and recovery hubs.
NWS Rural Fire Service: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/volunteer
The New South Wales Rural Fire Service is a volunteer-based firefighting agency working to put out the blazes.
The Salvation Army Emergency Services: www.salvationarmy.org.au
Salvation Army teams in Australia are coming to the aid of fire victims, firefighters, and police.
The St Vincent de Paul Society: www.vinnies.org.au
Also known as Vinnies, this group is providing food, clothing, and support to fire victims.
The NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc. is Australia's largest wildlife rescue organization.
World Wildlife Fund: www.wwf.org.au/
WWF-Australia is caring for injured wildlife, particularly koalas.
Port Macquarie Koala Hospital
Crews at the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital are rescuing koalas with severe burns.
Raise awareness: It's OK if you don't have the means to give a donation to one of the organizations supporting victims of the wildfires. You can still raise awareness and help raise much-needed funds by sharing information on your social media pages. Sharing donation pages and campaigns on your social media pages makes it easier for your friends, family, and professional network to easily access ways that they can help and donate resources. Check out some of the organizations helping Australian fire victims and share their information across your social channels.