Across Australia, the start to the decade has been faced head on with disaster.
The bushfires began with catastrophic fire danger being declared and total fire bans rolled out across the country. Currently, more than 6 million hectares of land have been destroyed, over 1500 homes ruined and in excess of half a billion animals lost.
Devastatingly there has also been the loss of at least 25 lives.
Whilst we grieve and accept the sadness that is raining down on our beautiful home it is vital that we band together and step up when we are needed most. There are many ways to provide support, but it is important to recognise that a lot of areas are overflowing with resources, so call ahead to see how best you can help and find out specifically what supplies are needed and where.
Donate, donate, donate.
Comedian Celeste has smashed the world records on fundraising, these funds are going to be equally distributed between each and every case that needs assistance.
With countless Australian wildlife already lost, there are those that need resources and care to ensure their survival.
Red Cross disaster relief are on the ground with the communities being ravaged and the people who need our help, providing shelter, food, water and countless resources.
It doesn’t end there, if you can’t provide financial relief, don’t feel like you can’t still help, head to your social media, share the links to charities. Reach out, it is so important that people speak to their friends and family, express how you feel and let others know you’re there if they need someone to turn to.
Be diligent, Australia is faced with a state of disaster, adhere to fire bans, stay up to date with air quality warnings, weather warnings and be aware of what is going on around you.
Most importantly, keep your heads up, lend a hand to those in need, be proud of the children running bake sales as fundraisers, those sponsoring koalas, the people rounding up their old clothes to give to those who need. The people opening up their homes and businesses expecting nothing in return. The people on the front line risking their own lives to save others and their homes. In a time of disaster, be thankful for all that we have and smile at the thought of our wonderful community of Australia.