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Your donations in action

How you're helping the people who've faced devastating fires this summer.

We love your generosity.

In the days that have followed the ABC New Year’s Eve donation drive, we’ve been floored by phone calls, by messages of support, hundreds of them, for the people and communities who have faced devastating fires this summer. 

You want to do something to help. That’s the power of humanity in action – it’s brilliant. And we’re so grateful.

Your donations to our Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund have meant that we’ve been able to deploy 1,285 trained staff and volunteers to disaster-affected communities.

In more than 69 evacuation and recovery centres, our emergency teams have been ready to welcome people who have fled from the fires. Ready to listen, ready to comfort. Ready to help arrange emergency accommodation or locate a missing loved one through our Register.Find.Reunite service. 

And we will continue to provide one-to-one support as people take stock of their losses and work out what to do next.

That’s what Red Cross does best. While other organisations do an incredible job fighting the fires, repairing the damage, or distributing food, water and other essential supplies, we play our part in the big picture by caring for the people. 

That’s why your donations and fundraising efforts are so important. 

Our experience in emergencies shows that donations of money, whereever possible, help affected communities recover sooner. And it’s not just our experience that tells us this:

How best to help in the wake of the bushfires - a video by NSW Disaster Recovery.

We listened when survivors of the bushfires told us that in addition to the long-term support we’ll provide for their recovery, they also need immediate help to cover everyday expenses.

Our newly available Emergency Grants will meet this need, allowing people whose homes have been lost to the fires to assess and purchase what they need most. In turn, local business will start to recover too.

Thank you again Australia, for your generous donations which have made these grants possible.

Of course, we know that not everyone is able to donate financially. If you’re wondering whether there are other ways to help, the answer is: absolutely, yes, and thank you.

  • Clothing and small homewares can be donated to Red Cross shops for us to on-sell and raise funds for our life-changing work. Please do note, we won’t be able to distribute these goods to disaster affected communities.
  • Agencies like GIVIT act as a ‘broker’ for donated goods, listing what’s needed and finding a match for the items you might have to give.
  • Check out our volunteering roles. You’ll need to apply and complete training before we can send you into an emergency response.
  • Or host a garage sale or event to raise funds in your community. 

Image above: Red Cross volunteers were airlifted to Mallacoota, VIC yesterday to provide much-needed relief. With all roads to the community cut off, they will accompany 1,000 people to safety via a navy ship. Photo by: ABC Gippsland, Kirstie Pearce - Buchan

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