As regular readers know by now, helping the victims of the Victoria Bushfires is a top concern here at Digg It and at Sean Rasmussen’s main blog. At the risk of sounding repetitive (for a very good reason), we’d like to take just another moment to remind you that there are still people in need and there is still time to help if you have not yet done so. This tragedy has been a horrifying experience for so many, but one that Australians and donors all over the world have stepped up to meet head-on; as Sean says, Australia’s response is in and of itself a source of much-deserved national pride, one that certainly does not go unnoticed.

Australian Red Cross Still Accepting Donations

The Australian Red Cross is still accepting donations through their Bushfire Appeal. They have formed an independent community panel to oversee the use and distribution of funds. At this time, their primary focus is stated as follows:

    • Compassion and Bereavement Payment — to provide immediate support to those families that have lost loved ones in the 2009 Victorian bushfires
    • Initial Home Dislocation Payment — funding for people who have lost their principal place of residence or are otherwise unable to return to their home
    • Severe Injury Payment — funding for people who have been hospitalised and required surgery or further hospital treatment.

These are the noble actions your donations are going to support.

There are still other ways that you can help beyond monetary donations. If you have lodging or housing to offer in the affected area, you can contact the Australian Red Cross. Their website also includes a downloadable Fundraising Kit that you can use to extend the reach of your personal efforts. All of this information and more ways to help can be accessed at the Australian Red Cross website.

Mary Ward
Do You Digg It!
Blog Review Team
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