Australia Day January 26th 2020
Red Cross ramps up emergency work
“We are offering immediate assistance in the form of $5000 emergency grants to those who have lost their home. Applications opened this week, so if your home has been destroyed by a bushfire, you can get in touch through our website redcross.org.au/grants."
Read full press release here.
We will be uploading more links to several organizations across Australia within the next couple of days.
These bushfires are not over!
Next month will be the worst month for climate in Queensland. The extent of the devastation is unknown.
Thank you to all that have supported many of the organizations in Australia, the firefighters from several countries hitting the ground running and volunteers.
Please continue to share, so that we can make a difference. Please donate directly to these organizations by clicking on any of the logos.
Injured and burnt wildlife need your help. Read about this amazing woman Claire Smith, who is devoted to Australia's Wildlife and is sharing funds with smaller communities across Australia
Since 2013, Wildlife Rescue Sunshine Coast has been rescuing injured, sick and orphaned wildlife on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. My name is Claire Smith and I am one of the Founding members of this organisation. In 2019 I was nominated for the 2020 Australian of the Year in the category of Local Hero.
We operate 24/7, 356 days and provide this free service to our community, RSPCA, Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, Eumundi Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and all other rescue organisations in our area. We respond to all calls, regardless of the time. Animals don’t wear watches or have calendars so if it’s Christmas Day at 11pm we go regardless.
We are completely self-funded and have 35 dedicated volunteers.
All our volunteers are highly trained in all aspects of rescuing wildlife. Four of our team, including myself, are licensed with Queensland Health to carry S8 drugs. This means we can sedate and euthanise wildlife that is so badly injured that there’s no hope of recovery. Ending suffering is as important as treating and helping an animal recover.
We cover a large area, 1,014 square miles / 1,633 square kilometres
No animal is too big or too small when it comes to getting out there and helping them. The tiny Feathertail Glider is as important as the magnificent Wedgetail Eagle.
We have rescued over 15,000 animals, birds and reptiles since 2013.
We know what it’s like to be a small, independent, self-funded organisation. We know how much it costs to keep doing what we do without the backing of a large team with dedicated fundraisers.
We are helping as many small rescue groups and wildlife shelters in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland as we can, the ones who also don’t have the comfort of a large organisation behind them in times of crisis. We can only imagine how they are getting through these dark, dark days of drought and fire.
There but for the grace of God, go I.
It could be us facing those fire storms.
When we tell a shelter or carer that we have just put $10,000 into their bank account to help with the enormous costs of feeding and treating the sick, injured and dying, they cry. They cry not out of sadness but out of relief. Most of these people use their own money anyway to care for their patients. They cry and tell us that they had felt forgotten, abandoned, lost and hopeless and the only thing keeping them going was searching for the sick, injured, orphaned and dying animals.
Today is January the 10th. Since the end of November 2019 we have raised and donated over $240,000 for people who are helping our wildlife. We don’t keep any of this money, it all gets deposited directly into the bank accounts of deserving people. We then share a screen shot of that transaction so that donors from all around the world can see that their gift of kindness has already started work. You can follow Claire's work on her facebook page here. https://www.facebook.com/WildlifeRescueSunshineCoast/?__tn__=%2Cd%2CP-R&eid=ARD5twDmK2tfRN8s0gednmGiFZbpycki0JegNG1QtPRHEIsapbYdk4p4hre8mK5IxM7Q_z9H7XkmP-IO
Australian of the Year Nominee 2020 (Local Hero)
The Rescue Collective
You can donate here www.mkc.org.au/donations/trcqld
We wanted to be front and centre with this, as people are asking all the charities about spending. Transparency is crucial.
You can donate here www.mkc.org.au/donations/trcqld
The very first day of the program, 3 months ago, Alli, Derek and I paid medical supplies for WRQ, Koala shelters, storage units and started buying food .. and a lot of it. We used Geolocation to hit the areas on fires from QLD and worked our way down, proactively asking “Who needs help?" and then got it to them.
So far, just over $550 Thousand dollars has been spent by the two teams; over 530 individual transactions! The spending started hour one, day one. None of us planned on sitting on cash and from the second money arrived it started going back out the door.
The majority of the funding has been spent as follows.
Geolocating Support -$8195.39
Plus a bunch of very small odds and sods we didnt categorise.
In the image (sorry, it's a bit small) you can see the map of Australia, each of those dots is a request and an incident. These are the phase two requests and there are hundreds we are tracking and teams are answering them all, assessing and getting them help. Some need boots on the ground, most need food, but that's what you trusted us to do.
This is so important as the rescuers out there dont have the time to raise money, they are fighting fires and saving animals . . or worse. We have to do this to help them.
We are also very grateful for the support of #Petbarnfoundation Petbarn Wombaroo Furneys Stockfeeds - Rutherford Australian Wildlife Supplies , vet-n-pet DIRECT and many other organisations that cut corners and drove trucks to make things happen...we have a long way to go.
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