Wildfires are considered common in Australia. But the most recent one has reached dramatic range that the State and federal authorities find it hard to contain—even with firefighting assistance from other countries.
The current Australian wildlife crisis has caused massive damage not only to households but also to wildlife and the environment (the blazes have emerged through woodlands, bushy areas, and national parks). According to the University of Sydney, the number of animal casualties has now reached an estimated number of 480 million and it still expected to rise—leaving Australia’s native animals such as kangaroos, koalas, and cockatoos in an extremely critical situation.
With all that’s been happening in Australia, residents of other countries might feel hopeless in this tragic situation. But while there’s no way to directly stop the crisis, there are things we can do to help protect and prevent further fires from happening. Your contribution—no matter how small it is—will have a big impact.
My Pope lists organizations you can contact to help Australia.
SUPPORT OUR HEROES
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army launched The Bushfire Disaster Appeal to support the affected communities. You can donate by calling 02 9466 3143 or pitching in online.
NSW Rural Fire Service
An NSW Rural Fire Service and Brigades page has been created to “help our heroes.” You can donate to the organization via credit card or via direct deposit at:
Account Name: NSW Rural Fire Service Bank: Westpac BSB: 032-001 Account No: 171051
Australian Red Cross
HELP OUR FURRY FRIENDS
If you would like to donate over the phone please email [email protected] or you can call 02 8977 3396 within Australia or +612 8977 3396 internationally.
RSPCA New South Wales
The group evacuates, rescues, and treats pets and wildlife in threatened areas. Help them by making a donation here.
World Wildlife Fund Australia
World Wildlife Fund Australia is directing its efforts toward koala conservation. Visit their website to support their cause.