As severe bushfires ravage communities across Australia at an unprecedented level, our thoughts are with those affected by this national disaster. To the courageous teams, including firefighters, volunteers and emergency services personnel at the front line who are working tirelessly to keep Australian communities safe – thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
In response to the ongoing crisis, we are teaming up with the Australian Red Cross to establish donation stations at Pacific Werribee. Once established, we encourage our community to donate directly to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund, which is providing vital services on the ground and supporting communities devastated by the fires, via these donation points. We are mindful of the tremendous outpouring of support across Australia for the charity and ask for your patience while we work closely with the Australian Red Cross to rollout these collection stations as quickly as possible. In the meantime, please donate directly via https://www.redcross.org.au/.
Our team will be donating their time by manning these donation collection points, with support from QIC’s head office teams. This fundraising drive will be amplified nationally across 22 of QIC’s Australian shopping centres. QIC has also kick-started our national collection campaign with a donation to the Australian Red Cross and NSW Wildlife, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES).
In combination with this national fundraising drive for the Australian Red Cross, we are partnering with a range of registered charities to raise funds, supplies and goodwill for those affected by these devastating fires. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages and website for more information on these local efforts.
Our retail partners are also working hard to support those affected and there are many ways you can get involved.
This is only the beginning, and we are now working out next steps for how we can continue to provide support to the affected communities during this devastating time for our country.
To those in our community grieving or those who are supporting the response effort – we are with you now and into the future.
For more information on the Australian Red Cross, and to donate directly, visit https://www.redcross.org.au/.
How you can support the bushfire appeal throughout Australia.
A Bushfire Disaster Appeal has been established to support community members affected by the recent bushfires in East Gippsland and Hume. Click here to donate.
The Salvation Army are supporting communities within the affected areas, with the goal is raising $3 million for disaster relief.
Donations can be made by calling 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or by clicking here.
Red Cross are supporting thousands of people in evacuation centres and recovery hubs across Australia. Donate online here, or via phone on 1800 733 276.
Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund
Donating to GERF means that your donation can be used to provide immediate financial assistance to Gippslanders when they urgently need it. Donate online here.
Wires Wildlife Rescue
WIRES volunteers are on standby to enter fire grounds once the RFS and National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS) declare an area safe to access to assist animals in need. Donate online here.
Foodbank is a food relief organisation, playing a vital role providing essential supplies to support the work of first responders and emergency services as well as giving ongoing assistance to affected communities during the months and years it takes to recover. Donate online here.
RSPCA are working with Agriculture Victoria and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) to coordinate a response for animals who require assistance during the bushfires. Donate online here.
If you’ve been displaced or are helping with relief efforts, you can book free accommodation between 2 January 2020 and 16 January 2020, via Air BNB. Click here for details.
Your donation will help fund emergency veterinary assistance and scientific intervention. All donations either great or small will help the response to this crisis. Click here for details.
Donations made to Wildlife Victoria will be distributed to wildlife shelters and carers to help rebuild enclosures and equipment lost in the fires so that they can continue their lifesaving work. Click here for details.