I was just setting off to check up and see how some of our New Year’s resolution blogs and bloggers were doing, when it occurred to me that we had a more pressing event that we should check in on.  I’m glad that I opted to do that instead, because otherwise we might have missed this last window of opportunity to aid the victims of those devastating Victoria Bushfires.

Victoria Bushfire Appeal Set To Close April 17, 2009

Many of you will recall our covering the Australian Red Cross’s Victoria Bushfire Appeal both here on Digg It and at SeanRasmussen.com back in February when those horrific fires took the homes and lives of hundreds of Australians.  We did our small part to hopefully bring attention to the appeal and to assist those people who lost so much.  For those people who were affected, this crisis is far from over, and so it’s good to also remember that there are people still out there, still working to put the pieces back together.

Today I checked in at the Australian Red Cross website to see what news there was in the way of an update.  They report and overwhelmingly positive, “record breaking” response to

“…the biggest fundraising appeal of its kind in Australia.

The nation and the world have stepped up to show some real Aussie pride and consideration of those less fortunate.

The work of healing and rebounding from the fires will be long and arduous for the people affected by the fires.  The Australian Red Cross says,

Although the immediate threat has passed families and communities still face significant recovery challenges and Red Cross will continue to do all it can to help people and communities devastated by our worst natural disaster in over a century.

In support of these people, the organization will begin to move forward, and will soon be closing out the donation portion of the campaign.  The Appeal will remain open until April 17, 2009, with later dates for donation submissions from planned events and collections.  All of the information is available at the Australian Red Cross Vitoria Bushfire Appeal page.

Of course, access to assistance will be available for quite some time to come, and if you are in need of assistance, you can find links to help at the Red Cross page with the link above, or by going directly to the Department of Human Services, Victoria website.  There you will find links specifically for Bushfire Recovery assistance.

Our thoughts continue to be with the Victoria Bushfire victims as they begin to recover from this tragedy.  If you have not yet given, or would like to give again, take advantage of this last chance to help.


Mary Ward
Do You Digg It!
Blog Review Team
Do You Digg It! © 2017

 

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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:

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    • 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
Do You Digg It! © 2017

 

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