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: