As the destruction of the bushfires continue across Australia, supporting the efforts of the firefighters, animal shelters and helping all those affected continues to be our priority.
Whilst the task can seem overwhelming the generosity of the public both Australia wide and globally has been encouraging and here are several more ways you can still help those affected during this time.
1. Donate online;
GIVIT: Working directly with council, outreach teams, charities and community groups in impacted regions, GIVIT works to identify the exact needs of those affected and provides an online list of what items are needed in each location.
Food Bank : Accepting donations of food and groceries from farmers, manufacturers and retailers throughout Australia, Food Bank also partners with food companies who donate ingredients and services so they can produce essential items like breakfast cereals, pasta, sauce and tinned fruit and vegetables.
3. Help to rebuild communities affected by the fires by investing in local businesses and encouraging local tourism:
Empty Esky - A movement of foodies and adventurers supporting local business in affected areas. The initiative encourages the public to visit bushfire affected towns with an empty esky and invest in businesses by filling your eskies with local produce and goods. Head to the website to register your business or esky.
It’s My Shout: Helping the East Gippsland region recover with their unique online marketplace, It’s My Shout allows the public to buy virtual products to help support small businesses impacted by the bushfires.
Photo Credit: Adam Stevenson / South Australia County Fire Services