How you can help: Victoria’s bushfire disaster 2009

Over the weekend Victoria has been hit by the worst bushfires in Australia’s history. Entire towns have been decimated, the death count is currently 131 with rescue crews only just making it into the most damaged areas, 750 homes destroyed and 5,000 people are homeless. And the fires are still burning.
The Red Cross has a team of over 400 volunteers providing food, shelter and emotional support in the area. What makes it worse for the survivors is that Australia has been in a drought situation for many years and the people affected by the fires have been struggling with financial pressures because of the drought. Add a global financial crisis into the mix and these people need our help.

There are many ways we can help.The Red Cross is accepting cash donations on their website.

Donations can also be made at any Victorian Myer store, Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, ANZ or NAB branch or Bunnings store. Coles Supermarkets will be donating all profits from this Friday 13 February to the survivors as well. Local community groups are rallying together to raise money. Please keep an eye out for them and show your support. If you know any other ways, please add them to the comments.

Bianca Smith

Bianca is a freelance digital marketer in Seattle. She works with clients big and small, in the US and Australia, on digital marketing, branding, event communications, social media and website content.