As many of you might know, Australia is definitely doing it tough and it's not just our people. Our wildlife is equally suffering; most of them are unable to escape the force of the fires and perish in minutes. For those that are lucky enough to be rescued by our diligent firefighters and assisting wildlife specialists, a minimal few will have a chance at life.
Injured and badly burned animals - great and small, are arriving in droves at the RSPCA centres. These centres are being stretched to their limits and rely on the kind hearts of people across Australia to foster, take care of and then return to the wild, once this catastrophe finally comes to an end. Given, Australia hasn't even reached the middle of its summer period and true bush-fire season, this looks to be a long and painful experience for us all.
Australia, its people and wildlife - fauna and flora, have no idea how long and pronounced this situation will become and in such tragic situations, we turn to the outside world to lend a helping hand.
Yes, government is coming to the party, now reconvening parliament to discuss how to best assist victims, but the scale of this situation is enormous; federal and state funds, manpower are all stretched to the limit.
Given it is our driest Summer on record and there are close to 150 bush-fires burning across Australia - and a good half of them are uncontained, this means water is limited for everyone - man and beast alike. Water consumption is at an all time high, which will strain, stall and for many months to come - halt the production of basic needs i.e. food production and electricity.
Our situation is not going to go away overnight - fauna, flora and mankind will be out of place and suffering for months, if not years. But you can help the regeneration process by giving what you can, if not physically assisting, then monetarily sharing your blessings with those less fortunate.
Please keep Australia in your prayers; survival of life and limb, will be all up to the Gods - ...Selina
Here are 8 organisations you can donate to:
1. Australian Red Cross Disaster Recovery and Relief
The Red Cross supports a variety of efforts such as supporting people at evacuation centres and providing emergency assistance like cash grants to people who have lost their homes
2. Salvation Army Disaster Appeal
Salvation Army team members are providing meals to first-line responders and evacuees, as well as any other support needed, Major Topher Holland, the organisation’s General Manager of Strategic Emergency and Disaster Management, said in a statement.
3. St Vincent de Paul Society Bushfire Appeal (NSW)
Vinnies’ bushfire appeal helps provide food, clothing and money that bushfire victims may need to pay their bills.
4. NSW Rural Fire Service
You can either donate straight to the NSW RFS or to your local Rural Fire Brigade to support volunteer firefighters.
5. Country Fire Authority (CFA), Victoria
Like the NSW RFS, you can donate either to a specific brigade or provide a general donation.
6. The Victorian Bushfire Appeal
The Victorian Government teamed up with The Salvation Army and Bendigo Bank for the appeal, with all funds going to communities in need.
7. The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital
The organisation has a GoFundMe page that seeks funding for Koalas affected by the bushfires.
NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) rescues and cares for animals and is seeking donations for volunteer carers and rescuers that are “inundated” with them amid the bushfires.