Bushfire season is well and truly upon us in Lara and Greater Geelong, and with recent warnings being shared by Lara CFA, we can’t help but be reminded of the current devastation occurring in NSW and Queensland.
Of course, there are many ways you can help these victims financially, however there are much simpler ways you can help – not only for the victims of bushfires interstate, but locally as well. Helping out doesn’t need to cost a cent, and it’s important more than ever right now for caring communities such as Lara to assist in any way they can.
Here are some ideas of how you can help.
Donate food, clothing, furniture and other household essentials
St Vincent De Paul is running a bushfire appeal to help those affected to rebuild their lives. You can donate at any Vinnies store.
If you can’t afford to donate money or physical items, donating blood with the Australian Red Cross could be an option for you.
Donate old blankets and clothing, material, and ribbon
Students from Oberon High School are giving a helping hand to Koalas hurt in the interstate bushfires by sewing mittens and pouches for injured marsupials. They are asking for the public to donate materials, including new and old clothing and blankets made of cotton, flannelette, knitted fabric, and ribbon. Donations can be dropped off at Oberon High School, 12 Pickett Crescent, Belmont.
Donate items to help injured wildlife
Rescues & Wildlife Hospitals cannot keep up with the injured and dehydrated wildlife, and those who are suffering from smoke inhalation, so The Rescue Collective is requesting donations of specific products to help support these amazing creatures, which can be found here.
Donations can be posted to:
Nicole Blums C/ The Rescue Collective 4/55 Tenby Street Mount Gravatt 4122
Both the Queensland and NSW governments have teamed up with GIVIT, a fundraising platform that allows people to contribute to a specific item that has been requested by an affected person. You can either donate that item in good condition, or donate money towards it. Current items of need include dining sets, lounge suites and TVs.
Finally, be sure to stay up to date with local fire warnings and total fire bans, and if you’d like more information on preparing for bushfire season, you can find it here.