How to Help the Australian Fires

The fires in Australia and the loss of life, both human and animal are beyond what my brain can comprehend. I’m depressed and have so much anxiety as I am sure many of you do. I feel anger and helpless but am trying desperately to focus on the work that is being done to save the animals.

Canada has sent nearly 100 fire experts to help the situation and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau told his Australian counterpart Wednesday that Canada is ready to do more.

In a phone conversation with Scott Morrison, Trudeau “expressed his condolences and sorrow on behalf of all Canadians for the deaths and destruction caused by the wildfires,” a statement from Trudeau’s office said afterward, and for “the major loss of wildlife and natural devastation.

“He recalled Australia’s past generous assistance to Canadian firefighters when wildfires spread through Canadian communities,” the statement said.

I wanted to write a more extensive post, but I just can’t seem to find the words.

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Helping animals in Australia

According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), 95 per cent of Australia’s koala population has been lost.

The WWF is now making an “urgent appeal” for monetary donations. Those looking to help can visit their website for more information on how to ‘adopt a koala.’

The RSPCA of New South Wales is also seeking monetary donations.

The organization is currently assisting at evacuation centres, helping keep pets and livestock safe from the fires.

According to the RSPCA website, once the active fire zones clear, they will enter the affected areas to assess and aid any injured animals.

The Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park is also seeking donations to cover veterinary costs, milk and supplements, extra holding and rehabilitation enclosures and to set up a building to house and treat injured animals.


Australian Red Cross

The Australian Red Cross is helping to support thousands of people in evacuation centres and recovery hubs across Australia, according to its website.

The organization says it is also providing emergency grants to people to help cover the costs of their immediate needs.

The Australian Red Cross is accepting monetary donations, as well as collecting clothing and household goods at affiliated shops in Australia.

Salvation Army Australia

The Salvation Army is collecting donations it said will be used to provide meals to evacuees and frontline responders.


Australian organization Givit matches those seeking assistance with specific items they need.

As of Tuesday afternoon, a number of items were listed as “needed” including work clothing, grocery vouchers and personal care items.

Canadians looking to help can make a monetary donations. According to its website, Givit uses 100 per cent of the money received to purchase “essential items.”

Helping First Nations communities

A designated crowdfunding page has also been set up to provide aid to First Nations communities impacted by the fires.

According to the page, the aim of the fundraiser is to offer “culturally sensitive, specific, direct support to some of those communities with critical costs to cover expenses.”

Helping firefighters

Those looking to support the firefighters on the front-line of the battle can do so by donating to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service, Victoria’s Country Fire Authority, the Country Fire Service in South Australia or the Queensland Rural Fire Brigades Association.

Candice Batista

Candice Batista is an award winning Environmental Journalist and one of Canada’s leading eco advocates. Her career spans national and international media outlets, where she has used her background in environmental studies and media & communications to produce and report on various environmental and climate issues for primarily television and digital audiences including Huffington Post, The Globe & Mail, The Weather Network, CityTV, Rogers Television, The Pet Network, iChannel, and CTV, where she is currently the National Eco Expert for the stations number 1 daytime talk show, The Marilyn Denis Show.
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