The horrific bush fires that hit Victoria over the weekend have been described by Australia's deputy prime minister as "a tragedy that will be remembered as one of the darkest days in Australia's peacetime history".
My family and I have be glued to the radio and Internet over the weekend and today listening to the stories flooding in from those affected by this disaster. We were in shock to hear there was 65 people confirmed dead on late Sunday afternoon by as Monday has progressed that death toll have more than doubled to a reported 131 people have passed away due to these fires! We just feel so deeply for all those affected and our thoughts and prayers are with them..... if you feel you can please dig deep and help in any way you can to one of the below organizations who are dedicated to this cause.
The 2009 Victorian Bushfire Fund to assist individuals and communities affected by devastating bushfires in Victoria has been launched by the Premier John Brumby in partnership with Red Cross and the Federal Government. A number of corporate organisations including NAB, ANZ, CBA and Wesfarmers have also contributed to the fund. For more details and if you would like to donate to this extremely worthy cause click here.
For Australia residents other personal contributions can be made over the counter at any bank. Online HERE to The Salvation Army on 13 72 58 or via direct deposit through Internet banking : VICTORIAN BUSHFIRE RELIEF FUND BSB: 082 001 ACCT NO 860 046 797
The current fire situation has left its devastation on our wildlife including the loss of at least two wildlife shelters to the fires. Wildlife Victoria are trying to assertain the safety of other shelters in the fire areas and to offer support and help with evacuation of animals already in their care if they need it. Donations desperately needed to help save the animals, to donate to the bush fire appeal click here.