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Here’s how to help the victims of Australia’s bushfire

By Jessica Pag-iwayan

For the past couple of days now, news headlines and our social media feeds are dominated with countless stories of devastation as bushfire continuously emerging around Australia.

According to the reports and to date, the said wildfires have burned more than 12 million acres of land, destroyed approximately 2000 homes, and killed 24 people. As if it’s not yet devastating enough, in New South Wales alone, reports say that the fire also killed half a billion animals.

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KILLER WILDFIRE Australia’s bushfire kills half a billion of animals since it started

Now, more than ever, Australia needs the world. We listed some ways on how you can help.

  • Australian Red Cross

The Australian Red Cross, through its Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund is accepting donations. Your donations will help the organization to send more volunteers to the affected areas and to provide shelter for displaced people. Red Cross is also looking for volunteers. Individuals who want to take this role should undergo training before being officially deployed to the field.

  • St. Vincent de Paul Society

St. Vincent de Paul Society is a lay Catholic non-profit organization with more than 60,000 members and volunteers. Through it’s bushfire appeal, the organization is knocking to everyone’s heart to help through monetary donations. For transparency, they even specified where the donated amount will go. Fifty Australian dollars can provide food for displaced family, $150 can help pay unexpected bills, and $300 can provide clothing for a whole family. To donate, click here.

  • Foodbank

Foodbank is providing emergency food relief and water for the firefighters and the local communities. It also launched a fundraising campaign that aims to send 5,000 food relief hampers in the days to come. According to Foodbank “every $1 you donate provides two meals for Australians in need.”

  • WWF

The World Wildlife Fund has also launched the “Help Save Koalas” campaign. Donations from this initiative will go to medical treatment of Koalas and planting trees for them.

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  • WIRES

To further help the New South Wales wildlife victims, you can also donate through Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES)-Emergency Fund for Wildlife here.

Australia might be 2,745 miles away from the Philippines, but this distance shouldn’t serve as a hindrance for us to extend our helping hands to them. With the power of technology, we can let them know that we are one with them by including them in our prayers and sending our donations. 



Source: Manila Bulletin

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