Bushfires in Australia: How can we help?On 6. January 2020 by Cookie
Many have asked us if we or our Quokkamobil are affected by the bushfires in Australia. The answer, fortunately, is no – not at the moment. Western Australia is not affected in the same magnitude as South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria or Queensland. There are several reasons for that, ranging from geography to flora to fire prevention strategies.
But nonetheless we are sad to see the current events, as we have visited the affected areas in the past. Three years ago, we spent Christmas Eve exactly where over christmas 2019, people were evacuated and lost everything they got.
And there are reasons to be mad, too. The Australian Government is not handling this crisis well, climate change deniers in Australia are many and outspoken, the country earns a lot of money with natural resources like coal and other goods, like cotton, that need a lot of resources.
Australia is not a poor contry, either, and some of the problems seem self-made. Being from a european country, we view the collection of donations for things that in our eyes should be a genuinely governmental duty, rather critical. This mentality of donating, coming from countries like the US where it is seen as a moral responsibility of the wealthier to care for their poor, for lack of a “social state”, is foreign to us.
But Australians are influenced by a particular worldview. We have seen that on so many occasions, it’s some kind of “historical persistance”. The first settlers fought their way through this landscape, that is inhabitable and hostile in so many ways, with regards to the climate and the many poisonous animals. And this mentality is still there, it seems. Those volunteers, firefighters, protectors of the wildlife: One has the impulse to help them in some way.
You can donate to
- The NSW Rural Fire Service has a donation page to support the firefighting efforts in New South Wales
- The Country Fire Authority is the state of Victoria’s rural firefighting service and you can donate directly here.
- The Country Fire Service in South Australia also takes direct donations.
- To help support firefighters in the state of Queensland, you can donate to the Rural Fire Brigades Association via their webpage.
- Australia’s Red Cross Disaster relief and recovery fund helps support evacuation centers and recovery programs for the affected communities
- The Salvation Army has a disaster appeal donations page set up to deliver support to local communities affected by the blazes.
- The Victorian Bushfire Appeal is where state premier Daniel Andrews is suggesting to donate. The appeal directs money to communities in need, giving directly to those affected by the fires.
- The St Vincent de Paul society is helping people on the ground in rebuilding, providing food and clothing and emotional support. It has a donation page here.
- Zoos Victoria have established a Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund which funds emergency vet assistance and “scientific intervention.” You can donate to the fund here and it seems to accept PayPal and credit cards.
- The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital has already raised in excess of $2 million to help search for and protect the koalas in the region. You can donate at its GoFundMe page.
- The Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park was hit hard by the fires in South Australia. It’s asking for donations to help with vet costs, koala milk and extra enclosures on its GoFundMe page.
- Wires is an Australia wildlife rescue organization with a myriad ways to help Australia’s native fauna. Donations can be made through its website.