For days the nation has been scared and heartbroken as we watched great swathes of our country burn. People killed, homes lost, whole towns decimated and an almost unbelievable one billion of our gorgeous wildlife wiped out. But while fires still burning and there’s a hell of a lot of recovery and trauma to work through, our morale is being lifted by the great Aussie spirit that’s kicking in.
Amazing generosity and support flooding in from Australia and around the world, and not just in terms of dollars being donated—although that’s been great too. (Hail to Queen Celeste and the power of social media! An astonishing $50 million and rising!)
I’ve put together a number of interesting projects and fundraising campaigns I’ve seen springing up all over the place. Amazing! I’ll keep this updated as things expire or come on line.
Creative folks and beautiful creations
A bunch of creative people are raising funds by creating special gorgeous artworks and products and by donating all or portion of their sales to the fundraising. Here are a few.
If you have a product or fundraiser you’re doing, let me know and I can add it here.
@ArtforFireRelief A group of international photographers has got together to sell a range of stunning photographic prints for $100 each with all proceeds going to Red Cross and wildlife rescue organisations. More information on their website or instagram.
@MiniandMeep (Instagram) is auctioning a piece of gorgeous original art (for the first time ever) featuring one of our beloved koalas, or you can purchase other items featuring koalas and $5 of the sale is donated. It’s the picture at the top.
@TheNameNest (Instagram) is offering $10 “my island home’ artwork with 100% profit going to Victorian CFA (Country Fire Association)
@Blablakidsshop is doing their bit all the way from Georgia USA which proceeds from the sale of their lovely koala doll being donated to WIRES.
Crafty people making things
@AnimalRescueCraftguild is a band of people who sew and make products that help animal rescue and often have call outs for people to help. They’ve been asking for crafty people to make all sorts of animals: you can sew joey pouches or bat wraps or crochet a birds nest or knit an animal jumpers.
There’s a whole heap of activities around the country: dinners, comedy shows, concerts, volleyball, a dragathon (I’m not sure exactly what that is but it involves Drag Queens). TimeOut has an article with the lowdown here.
Organisations taking direct donations
Welfare organisations are encouraging cash donations rather than goods because of the logistical issues. Here are a few options but there are many including lots of small organisations who aren’t getting the attention of the big raisers.
- St Vincent de Paul Society Bushfire relief
- Country Fire Association Victoria
- South Australia Country Fire Service (Kangaroo Island)
- NSW Rural Fire Service
- World Wildlife Fund
- World Wildlife Fund Koala Crisis
- WIRES Wildlife Information and Rescue Service
- Koala Crusaders
There are lots of animal welfare organisations all over Australia like @TheRescueCollective, a band of volunteers who support rescued animals and the rescuers. They’re currently calling for medical supplies and other donations to help their work on the east coast, including money.
Queensland Koala Crusaders. The money given goes directly to koala rescue and rehabilitation and trees for replanting forests. A sanctuary is being planned for soft release of koalas for joeys just like orphan River pictured here. You can help us protect the koala and their forests. To donate go to @koalacrusaders.
Fundraisers which have finished
#AuthorsForFireys auction on Twitter NB: This one’s finished but I’m keeping it here because it was so fabulous. I bid on – and won – a couple of books.
I’ve just lost hours of my life perusing and bidding on this great idea. The writing community has got together and are auctioning off all sorts of books and associated wonderful items live on Twitter with all the proceeds going to the fireys. Of course there are lots of signed books going. Other offerings include manuscript assessments, art works, consultations, accommodation, date nights or breakfasts or even a weaving class. There’s even a framed original artwork from the late Kim Gamble.
Another option – a day trip to Bruny Island, or perhaps, folks, you’d enjoy tea and iced vo vos with our ex-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and get a signed book and a Kevin 07 t-shirt! Or not. However, my favourite offering is from Benjamin Law, which is going right off.
@ForemanPictureFraming are auctioning a range of stunning framed artworks. Ending soon! (too late, it’s finished. They raised over $34,000 with the sale of artworks).