I find it hard lately to look at a sunset without thinking the vibrant hues look a lot like flames.
Most of the news, social media sites and influencers are talking about it. Even international sites and celebrities are getting in on it and pledging help to the cause.
Skies across our country have turned orange, red, black.
Australia is in the midst of a bushfire crisis.
There are no total reports yet, but there have been an endless number of homes burnt to the ground, there are missing persons and confirmed deaths including those of 3 volunteer firefighters, and our native animals have disintegrated to dust, with approximately 450 million animals dead.
There are ecosystems and animals that may near extinction or be wiped out completely after this event.
6 million hectares of land has burnt. When you look at that on a map, it would be like almost all of England engulfed in fire.
Flames at heights of 70 metres have been reported. In comparison, the Sydney Opera House is 65 metres tall.
The hardest hit states have been New South Wales and Victoria.
The situation is beyond catastrophic. Watching unfolding coverage and media footage, you can’t help but feel the pain and sorrow that the people who are victims to the bushfires and trying to save themselves and their homes, are feeling.
It is heart-breaking to see, and fighting back tears is something I’ve been doing a lot of lately.
In amongst all of this pain, there is something YOU can do.
We can all do it.
Which is why I am grateful. I am grateful I have this platform to use my voice in a positive way.
So many people are doing it, and so many more need to speak aloud.
Our fellow Aussies need HELP.
I am grateful I have the means to make a small donation, to go towards the bushfire appeal effort. Money that will be used to help those that have lost everything, who need food and basics, shelter and clothes and furniture.
To rebuild homes, towns, cities.
You can’t say that you can’t give anything. I don’t have a job, and I don’t even know when my next paycheck will come, but I know I can give something. Anything adds up, even small amounts, and that makes a HUGE difference.
If you have $2 to spare (and if you are reading this with your internet connection I am sure you do) then you can donate to the appeal.
Because if there are 20 people out there thinking of donating $2, and feel like it’s not enough, well think about it… 20 times $2 will equate to $40.
And at the end of the day $40 of something is better than $0 of nothing, especially when you’ve lost EVERYTHING.
Please make your donations to proper organisations and reputable names. Be wary of scammers (sadly they exist even in a time like this).
My suggestion is the Victorian Bushfire Appeal web site www.vic.gov.au/bushfireappeal and click on the ‘Donate now’ button.
You can read their plans for the distribution of the funds there. And remember that donations of $2 and above are tax deductible.
As horrific as the scenes and stories coming out of this tragedy are, I am comforted by the strong and wide display of love, care and support given to so many people in need.
I know what I am going to do right now… GIVE.
I know you can too. ♥