How to help Australian bushfire victims
Over the last few months, bushfires have raged and spread across Australia, causing devastation to people, animals, and communities, and shocking people all over the world. It may feel like there’s not much you can do from far away, however there are several ways in which we can all help. If everyone dies a little bit, it will make a huge difference. Here are a few ways in which you can help.
Many businesses, large and small, across Australia are holding fundraisers, or selling products with a portion of profits going towards the bushfire crisis. Look out for fundraisers near you, that allow you to spend your money going out for dinner, or shopping, whilst helping the cause at the same time.
Spend time and money in affected areas
It may be your first instinct to avoid travelling in Australia, and particularly in affected areas. However, this just harms affected businesses and communities even more. Whilst i’m not suggesting that you visit at a time that would put yourself at risk, travelling to these areas after the fires have been cleared will help them to rebuild. Alternatively, you can shop online with many of these businesses.
So this is an obvious one – it takes only a minute to make a donation to the fire service, victims, or injured wildlife. However big or small, your contribution will make a difference.
Charities such as Givit list specific items that are required – check the list and give whatever you can.
Offer a spare bed
Several Facebook groups are matching up those who have extra space with people who have had to leave their homes, as well as pets and farm animals who have nowhere to go.