Australia remains gripped by the devastating impacts of the ongoing wildfires, especially in the southeastern states of New South Wales and Victoria. Nearly ten million hectares have been burned across the country, more than 20 twenty people have been killed, and an estimated half a billion animals have been killed or impacted. We are extremely grateful for the massive mobilization of GlobalGiving’s community of vetted nonprofit partners, and the crucial support of our donors and corporate partners.
Thanks to contributions raised through our Australia Wildfire Relief Fund and through partnership with Facebook, we are disbursing an initial round of donations today to six vetted Australian nonprofit partners on the frontline of response in support of fire-impacted communities (both human and wildlife). Through our flexible funding, our partners are able to dedicate these funds to the greatest needs that they are seeing in the areas where they are providing relief.
Foodbank Australia is providing emergency food and groceries relief to individuals and families in crisis across all impacted states.
Rural Fire Brigades Association Queensland is awarding grants directly to local fire brigade members in Queensland that have themselves been impacted by the deadly fires.
NSW Wildlife Information Rescue & Education Service (WIRES) is expanding wildlife rescue and rehabilitation services across the organization’s 28 branches in New South Wales.
Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors is sending medical supplies to wildlife rescuers and carers in fire-affected areas, transporting (where permitted) animals to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital for critical care, and constructing a climate-controlled intensive care ward for an ever-growing number of koala patients.
Sydney Wildlife is providing ongoing wildlife rescue and rehabilitation at the organization’s Rehabilitation Facility and supporting the organization’s Mobile Care Unit for wildlife.
Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife is growing its Wildlife Heroes Bushfire Emergency program that provides frontline wildlife rescuers and carers with first aid supplies, medicine, animal food, and psychosocial care due to working in traumatizing situations.
GlobalGiving is also providing direct support to the Australian Red Cross and World Central Kitchen in close collaboration with our corporate partners, Ford Motor Company and 3M.
We believe organizations that are deeply rooted in local communities are often in the best position to provide immediate relief and long-term support for disaster victims. We will be sharing further updates in the weeks and months to come about the progress our nonprofit partners are making toward recovery across Australia. From all of us at GlobalGiving, thank you for your inspiring generosity in support of communities impacted by the ongoing fires.
Chase + the GlobalGiving team
Photo courtesy of Sydney Wildlife
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