Following a huge outpouring of support from the community with donations of goods, organisations are at peak capacity and cannot accept any further donations. The best way to help communities affected by the devastating bushfires is through financial donations.
The Victorian Government has partnered with Bendigo Bank and The Salvation Army to establish an appeal, with 100% of donated funds going directly to communities in need.
An Advisory Panel, chaired by former Victorian Deputy Premier Pat McNamara, will consider and recommend where the funds are distributed.
Donations to the Bushfire Disaster Appeal can be made at any Bendigo Bank branch or online via www.communityenterprisefoundation.com.au/make-a-donation/bushfire-disaster-appeal/
Donations can also be made to organisations to assist with the care and rehabilitation of Australian wildlife injured and displaced by the fires.
Other organisations offering assistance include:
The Red Cross is holding a donation drive, using the funds to support evacuation centres and recovery hubs, emergency assistance, psychological first aid, longer-term recovery programs and other essentials.
Food and water is being delivered by Foodbank to local communities and fire fighters in East Gippsland.
Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund
The Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund was established in 1978, and is operated by local volunteers for Gippsland communities affected by natural disasters. Donate through Paypal at gerf.org.au, at any branch of the NAB Australia-wide.
Vinnies Bushfire Appeal
Any donations to Vinnies will be used for groceries, living expenses and bills, providing a huge relief for families dealing with the aftermath of the bushfires. Vinnies also provides essentials such as clothing, toiletries and blankets to those in need.
Lions Need for Feed
The Lions Need for Feed bushfire relief appeal is a Lions Club project to raise funds for emergency feed for animals and to transport the fodder to stricken communities affected by fire, drought and flood.
Donations to the Victorian bushfire appeal will be distributed to wildlife shelters and carers to help rebuild enclosures and equipment that they have lost in the fires so that they can continue their work, and support those that are struggling to cope with the enormous number of animals that will need care in the coming weeks and months.
The RSPCA has useful information about what to do if you come across wildlife affected by fires.