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
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