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Individuals and companies have been supporting disaster relief with monetary and resource donations. Here are some of our local partners who are helping to make a difference:
Intrepid Travel (Urban Adventures) has launched the Red Cross Bushfire Emergency Appeal. They have matched donations up to $200,000 AUD which will go to the Australian Red Cross. Since 8 January, $295,216 AUD has already been raised.
BunyipTours focuses on nature and adventure tours and will match donations by guests. The donations will go to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.
Mandurah Cruises has donated all proceeds for their cruises on Saturday, January 11 to the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal.
AAT Kings and Inspiring Journeys are jointly owned by The Travel Corporation. They have donated $100,000 AUD to the NSW Rural Fire Service.
SeaLink, which owns many tour operators, has put together a support package worth $500,000 AUD. Part of this is a $200,000 donation to the KI Mayoral Relief and Recovery Bushfire Fund. They are also helping communities directly by providing free ferry travel to the value of $2,000 per property to help people whose properties have been affected.
You can help
There are many ways that you can help by donating to Australia’s bushfire relief, whether you want to support the relief effort at large, firefighters on the front lines, people in need, or animals in crisis. Simply click on the links to donate quickly and easily. You will make a difference.
- Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery supports communities affected by the fires.
- BlazeAid helps families in rural areas rebuild their lives after fires.
- GIVIT details items and services that are required and connects people in need to charities and donors.
- The Salvation Army Australia is always a presence during disasters. They help people who have been evacuated from their homes, who have lost their homes, and those who are helping to fight the fires with meals.
- Country Fire Authority is a volunteer firefighter association in Victoria province.
- New South Wales Rural Fire Service has volunteers who are fighting the fires. These people support their communities by putting their lives on the line.
- The RSPCA is on hand to assist animals while they’re at their most vulnerable. Not only wildlife has been affected, but pets and farm animals are also in desperate need.
- Koalas have been severely affected by the Australian bushfires as they are some of the most vulnerable wildlife. Support the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital directly or through this GoFundMe campaign. They help to rescue and treat injured koalas.
- WIRES has an emergency fund for wildlife in need. Animals have been injured and orphaned on a massive scale during these ongoing bushfires. You can donate to them via credit card, Paypal, and Facebook.
Plan a trip
Whether you had one planned or there’s still room for travel on your calendar, consider supporting Australia with your tourism dollars. Many parts of the country remain unaffected by the bushfires and welcome visitors. For help planning your itinerary, stay up to date via travel alerts from Tourism Australia. Once you arrive in Australia, consider spending in local shops and restaurants or volunteering in the affected areas. Both are great ways to positively impact the Australian economy, it’s people, and wildlife.