The ongoing bushfires blazing across the East and South coast have been absolutely devastating for all of us. The fires began in late 2019 and are yet to come to a stop.
These are some of the worst bushfires in Australian history. Millions of animals have lost their lives and thousands of hardworking Aussies have lost their homes. Undoubtedly, the time it will take to repair the damage to our country will take years and years.
Thankfully, it seems that everyone is doing their best to help with the crisis. Efforts to fund supplies to volunteer firefighters and to support those in need are evident amongst businesses and individuals in Australia and overseas.
Every little counts when it comes to a natural disaster. That’s why we here at Walker Street General Practice have positioned a donation box in our reception area which we can forward to rescue relief.
If you’re visiting the practice, please help by donating any loose change you have. Alternatively, refer to the list below (courtesy of 7 News) for some excellent ways to assist; your contribution doesn’t have to be monetary!
Bendigo Bank Bushfires Disaster Appeal
Bendigo Bank has established a nationwide fund and six other funds for each state. All money will go to those who have lost everything for immediate relief.
State Fire Services
Donations can be made to the state-funded rural fire services. Refer to the following services in your chosen state.
- Victoria: CFA Donate
- NSW: NSW RFS donate
- South Australia: CFS donate
- Queensland: RFBAQ donate
Thousands of homes have been destroyed, leaving families with no place to sleep.
Websites such as AirBnB, Find a Bed, Empty Houses and Helping Homes are providing an excellent service to connect those with spare accommodation with those who need it.
On South Australia’s Kangaroo Island, as many as 25,000 koalas are feared dead and tens of thousands more injured.
Donations to manage the wildlife rescue effort can be made through Mogo Zoo Fire Recovery or Port Macquarie Koala Hospital on GoFundMe.com.
For more information on ways to help, please visit https://7news.com.au/news/bushfires/bushfire-donations-heres-you-can-help-australian-victims-c-634311.
An emergency of this magnitude not only affects us physically; it can also have detrimental impacts to our mental health – particularly for those directly affected by the crisis. If you or someone you know is struggling, please come and visit one of our friendly doctors. We are highly experienced in managing mental health disorders including anxiety and depression, and stress management. Where necessary, our doctors liaise with psychologists, psychiatrists and other mental health providers in the community to optimise your care. You can read more about our Mental Health services over at https://www.wsgp.com.au/mental-health/.
The best we can do during this difficult time is to work as a team. We Australians have a mighty spirit that will not falter in the face of hardship. Together, we can get through this!