God Bless Australia

Christ, I wish there was more that I could do…I feel helpless. I haven’t even gotten a chance to visit on my dream vacation and climb the bridge but it’s hard to sit back and watch. I am lucky to know folks down under and my prayers go out to you all. I am reposting below an email with ways to help I got from one of my discussion groups. Please send it out to anyone you know that would like to help.


It has been bought to the attention of moderators by some members
that they would like to see an appeal for goods, donations etc for
the people that have directly been affected by these tragic fires, in
which hundreds of people have lost their homes, livelihoods, stock,
pets and sadly many have lost their lives, or are battling in
hospital with horrific burns.

So the question then becomes how can we as members help out in this
great time of need, with an aftermath never before seen, where
support will be needed for weeks and perhaps many months to come to
help people rebuild their lives.

The best way to donate is through the RedCross Bushfire Appeal. To
donate to the Red Cross State Government Victorian Bushfire Appeal
Visit http://www.redcross. org.au
Phone 1800 811 700
Any NAB, ANZ, Westpac or Commonwealth Bank branch
Any Bunnings store
By direct deposit to the Victorian Bushfire Relief Fund – BSB 082-
001, Account number 860-046-797
Myer Bushfire Appeal
All proceeds to the Salvation Army. Donate at any Victorian Myer

Please make a contribution, no matter how big or small every dollar
will help.

Family Hotline = 1800 727 077

Bushfire Info = 1800 240 667
The SES emergency number is 132 500
South Australian Country Fire Service information hotline is 1300
362 361.

For New South Wales:

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service information hotline is 1800
679 737.
If you live in any of the affected areas and you have any suspicions
about someone having lit one of these fires..please contact the
police and let them know.
You can ring anonymously via crime stoppers on 1800 333 000

Another place if your looking for family or friends is:

http://www.news. com.au/heraldsun /ind…018720, 00.html

If you are looking for loved ones or having trouble locating family
members, post a message here and we will keep publishing requests
and responses through the day.

http://blogs. abc.net.au/ victoria/ 200…help- –or.html

I did hear that VIC is requesting urgent blood donors. They need
anyone who hasn’t donated in the last 6 months. If any VIC people
are interested in doing this. http://www.redcross .org.au to find out

If not involved stay off the roads and out of the affected areas.
Also stay off the CFA and DSE website – an alternative is to check
out a twitter relay of the CFA updates –
http://twitter. com/cfa_updates? page=1

The Salvation Army is accepted donations for fire victims

Toiletries – (soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, shampoo,
deodorants, sanitary pads and tampons), underclothes, bedding are
urgently needed. Please do not donate perishables, they may not make
it to those in need fast enough. Nappies, formula, bottles etc for
babies, clean soft toys for toddlers, good wearable clothes. If you
wouldnt wear it because its too old, ripped or stained etc, please
do not donate it. You will only waste volunteers time in having to
get rid of them.

As people find homes, they will need good clean mattresses (if you
wouldnt sleep on it, don’t donate it!), beds, chairs, tables, chests
of drawers, wardrobes will be needed. But please allow for the fact
that the Salvation Army may not be able to transport these larger
items to those in need if you are too far away, so check with your
local Salvation Army first)

Also – so kids can go back to school, generic school uniform items
(ie without your schools name on them), common items would include
tracksuit pants and tops (navy blue, green, maroon are common
colours), polo shirts ( eg navy and sky blue, green, yellow, white),
gray or navy shorts, school shoes in good condition, school dresses
(many primary schools have similar uniforms), even backpacks as some
of these kids will have lost everything.

********People wanting to find family and friends should call the
Red Cross Information line on 1800-727 077.******** ******

To donate blood call the Red Cross on 131 495

For donations of money please contact The Salvation Army or the Red

he National Australia Bank (NAB) has established a $1 million relief
fund for people and communities affected by Victoria’s bushfires.

Donations to the fund can be made from Monday, February 9 at NAB
branches or by transferring funds using internet banking.

For assistance with wildlife (24 hours) call
1300 094 535 – Wildlife Victoria

If you would like to offer support to bushfire victims in the way of
accommodation or clothing please contact one of the following Shires

Alpine Shire

Baw Baw Shire
1300 859 446

Cardinia Shire
1300 787 634

City of Greater Bendigo
03 5447 2248

City of Horsham
03 5382 9794

Indigo Shire
03 5728 8000

Latrobe City
1800 017 777

Nillumbilk Shire
9438 5299

Yarra Ranges
1300 368 333

Murrindini Shire
03 5772 0333 (hotline for health advice, billet system etc)

Mitchell Shire
03 5734 6232

Wellington Shire
1300 137 218

Whittlesea Shire
9217 2170

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Paul says:

    Thanks for the support. We are used to bushfires in summer but this one just exploded. Everyone is safe up north here and don’t worry it’s a long way from the Bridge. If you’re interested in a typical Aussie attitude, check out this guy with his garden hose.She’ll be right, mate.

  2. Paul says:

    Oh no, you’ll have to scroll all the way to the last photo to see him, sorry.

  3. I heard an ugly report that someone was setting these fires, is that true? I just can’t imagine someone so cruel.

  4. Paul says:

    It is hard to imagine but it’s happened before. There’s no way of telling at the moment. We will just have to wait and see.

  5. I hope everyone’s safe… and that’s a fine thing you are doing…bless you.good job.

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