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How you can help families affected by the bushfires

by EricaL (follow)
Donations and assistance for bushfire affected families in Victoria.

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If, like all of us at Melbourne Mums Group HQ, you would like to help families in Victoria who have been affected by the ongoing bushfire crisis, we have compiled a list of organisations asking for donations and assistance.

Financial aid is the most appropriate response in these circumstances because donations of goods are difficult to distribute at this time. Emergency services are working with local councils in the affected areas to assess the needs of their communities.

Below you will find a variety of useful suggestions to ensure your money goes where it is most needed.

Victorian Bushfire Appeal provides a formal channel for the public to donate money directly to affected families and communities. 100% of donated funds will go directly to those in need. To donate please visit vic.gov.au/bushfireappeal otherwise donations can be made at any Bendigo Bank branch.

Zoos Victoria has set up a dedicated Bushfire Emergency Wildlife fund to raise funds for wildlife impacted by the bushfire crisis. Go to: zoo.org.au/fire-fund.

You can choose to donate to a CFA brigade of your choice via our Brigades Donations Fund (specifying the brigade you want the funds to go to) or to CFA generally.

CFA Brigades Donations Fund - donations to a specific brigade:

Account Name: CFA Brigades Donation Fund
BSB: 063 225
Account: 1022 0603
Branch: Forest Hill - 23 Mahoneys Road, Forest Hill VIC 3131
Ref: Brigade name

Country Fire Authority Public Fund - for general donations:

Account Name: Country Fire Authority Public Fund
BSB: 063 225
Account: 1022 2326
Branch: Forest Hill - 23 Mahoneys Road, Forest Hill VIC 313

The Australian Red Cross are supporting thousands of people in evacuation centres and recovery hubs across Australia. Help communities recover by donating Here

The Salvation Army Australia Emergency Services (SAES) teams are responding to bushfires around Australia. Donate to the Salvation Army Here.

Vinnies Australia is on the ground helping people as they deal with the immediate aftermath of fires, and will continue to do so as they rebuild their lives in the long term. Donate Here.

Foodbank Victoria provide food relief in times of emergency and natural disasters. To find out how to donate food or to donate money go to www.foodbank.org.au.

Donations to Wildlife Victoria will be distributed to distributed to wildlife shelters and carers to help rebuild enclosures and equipment that they have lost in the fires. To donate to Wildlife Victoria click Here.

Lastly, if you can't donate money, perhaps you can volunteer your time or your blood. There are a couple of useful groups on Facebook that may have some more guidance for you: Bayside Community Emergency Relief or
Article contributed by Dr Vivien Kite, Executive Director, Australian Chicken Meat Federation.
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