Thursday, February 12, 2009
More than 180 people have been confirmed dead as a result of bushfires in southeast Australia. Relief efforts for people and wildlife are underway in the area.
You can help victims of this disaster by making a donation to the charities below. The relief funds for charities that are active in disaster work allow them to mobilize immediate assistance to people in need.
The Salvation Army
Salvation Army personnel in Australia are providing vital assistance to emergency service workers and other people affected by the bushfires that have killed a record number of people in the State of Victoria.
Australian Red Cross
More than 400 Australian Red Cross volunteers are working in relief centers, providing food, first-aid, information and support to people affected by the massive brushfires. (* Note this link will take you to the Australian Red Cross's donation page not powered by Network for Good.)
GlobalGiving has also begun fundraising efforts to restore the Australian forest:
> donate now!
Or, donate to local animal rescue facilities.
(* Note: These organizations have been quoted as sources by the LA Times and Associated Press. Hyperlinks will take visitors to donation pages not powered by Network for Good.)
Statewide Wildlife Emergency Service Inc.
W.R.E.S. is providing support services to injured and endangered wildlife within the Central Victorian and greater Victorian regions.
Wildlife Victoria is working to ascertain the safety of other shelters in the fire areas and to offer support and help with evacuation of animals already in their care if they need it.
Posted by Network for Good at 1:09 PM