Every day, in so many ways, people tell us how your donations, in enabling our bushfire grants have helped them to make the choices that are right for their recovery.
You have helped them replace precious things, make repairs to their homes, cover out-of-pocket funeral or hospital costs, or re-establish a safe place to live. You have been a light in so many people’s lives, lifting a heavy weight off their shoulders in the face of utter devastation.
We are humbled and grateful for the generous contributions of so many thousands of people, community groups and companies that have made this critical support possible. For more information on our progress, the challenges we faced, and the many ways you’ve helped, please find our 2-year report now online.
In the meantime, here are just a handful of stories from the people you’ve helped.
“We applied for the online grant and that came through a few days later. And then the second payment came through as well. So that has been an amazing help for us. We lost everything and we’re trying to replace it all from the ground up, and just realising all the things we’ve lost as we go along. That money’s been absolutely critical.” Peter and his wife Nirbeeja’s property on Kangaroo Island was more than a home, it was a sanctuary - for them, and for thousands of wildlife. On January 3, their property was completely destroyed but just a matter of weeks after the devastation, their grants from Red Cross meant they could start to replace what they’ve lost. Food, fuel, tools to start the immense job of cleaning up, a new printer to help them keep track of their paperwork. “It gave us some hope. When you’ve lost everything it’s amazing just to have something there that helps. It gives you something to be able to lean on.”