While the Australian bushfire crisis has been the top talking point within local conversations for some time now, the urgency for bushfire and wildlife relief has hit the world stage this month.
Australian bushfires have caused devastation across the nation due to both their fierceness and scale, but they’ve also brought out the kindness of many around the world, digging deep to help those affected.
From Elton John announcing at his Sydney show that he’s donating $1million to fire relief…
…through to photographer, Lydia Collins, selling beautiful photos of Australian landscape with all proceeds going to @redcrossau & @wildlifevictoria; people across the globe are getting involved to help in whatever way they can!
How it started gaining traction
It started on social media in November when actor Russell Crowe auctioned his Rabbitohs baseball cap. It raised an amazing $100,000 for the rural fire service, after his NSW home was damaged in a bushfire.
But when New Year’s Eve came around, this was when the attention of the world switched to Australia as thousands of NSW and Victorian residents devastatingly were evacuated from their homes under apocalyptic skies.
Crew battle a blaze at Currowan, near Batemans Bay in NSW. Sam Ruttyn Source.
With growing exposure on main stream and social media, the severity of the circumstances and urgency for help needed in Australia became clear.
Celeste Barber: Australian comedian set-up a Facebook fundraiser, the biggest fundraising effort in Facebook history, with over 1,3000,000 donations surpassing $50 million.
Pink: Pop star Pink kicked off the celebrity donors after the crisis spread to southern NSW and Victoria, pledging $500,000 on January 4.
Chris Hemsworth: The Australian native pledged $1 million to support the fire fighters, organisations and charities working to provide support and relief during this devastating and challenging time.
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban: The couple, whose Australian home is in danger due to the fires, donated $500,000 to Rural Fire Services.
These are just a few of the many celebrities contributing to the bushfire relief, not to mention the phenomenal response from the public. It’s estimated about $100m has now been gathered to help causes related to the fires.
How to get donations to those in need, fast!
Once charities receive the donations, it can be hard to distribute to those in need fast. Here at Corporate Prepaid Cards, we’re looking to partner with charities to provide an easy and efficient way to give support in the form of prepaid cards, available to use online and anywhere EFTPOS is accepted.
If you work with a charity looking to aid those affected by the fires, please get in touch with Lawrence Montgomery via email at [email protected] or by phone at 1300 181 032 to discuss how we can help.