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posted by [personal profile] bethofalltrades at 04:31pm on 16/02/2009 under
So. In less than two days, through the power of the internet and YOU, the Vermillions raised enough money to replace the things that were stolen and damaged in the break-in. This warms my heart.

Through the incredibly scientific method of writing all of the names of people who forwarded their receipts to me on a piece of paper and then yelling to KT through the wall, "PICK A NUMBER BETWEEN ONE AND ELEVEN," we have a winner. #4, Kayla. Yay Kayla. I will send a necklace to you.

Now, my darling Aussie friend [ profile] georgiaclaire asked that, since I'm done helping the Vermillions, I turn my blog attention to a larger issue: the Victorian brush fires.

Has everyone seen this video, of a firefighter giving a koala who was trapped in the fire a drink?

Okay, now that we've had a heartwarming moment, here's the deal. The brush fires have killed nearly 200 people and destroyed more than ONE THOUSAND homes. It's a world problem that will find its solution in the actions of individuals, like the firefighter in the video above.

For a more general Victoria brush fires donation, here's the Red Cross

If you want to help animals specifically, here's a link to the RSPCA.

Same deal as before... forward me proof that you donated and I'll pick someone to win. For every twenty people who donate, I'll pick one, so that means you have a 1/20 shot--- not bad. And you have a 100% chance to feel better about life and the world by helping out your fellow citizens of the world, both two legged and four.

I love humanity. I love you all.

There are 18 comments on this entry. (Reply.)
posted by [identity profile] at 12:40am on 17/02/2009
do you know of a local charity in the area?
i'm disenchanted/un-enamored with the red cross after katrina. most of the money donated to them goes to overhead and goes nowhere near the actual cause.
posted by [identity profile] at 01:25am on 17/02/2009
I will take a look around, but it's worth pointing out that it's the Australian Red Cross, not the American Red Cross. They operate under the same umbrella organization, but are separate entities.

All I'm finding are charities that are somehow based around faith and God and I'd rather not send people in that direction, you know?

Perhaps [ profile] georgiaclaire will have suggestions... I will poke her.
posted by [identity profile] at 01:26am on 17/02/2009
yeah i poked around and found about the same.
glad to hear that they are separate. here's to hoping we can do some good!
thanks love
posted by [identity profile] at 01:27am on 17/02/2009
Annnnnnnd... upon further investigation I found this:

Millions of dollars have been donated through the Australian Red Cross to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund, and people are continuing to give.

Every cent donated will be used to help individuals and communities affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

That is from the Australian Red Cross site. Set your mind at ease a bit?
posted by [identity profile] at 05:51am on 17/02/2009
i'm glad that they've got a good force down there and that they're actually helping.
i'll be sure to pass the information along (there are more than a few of us who got fucked by the red cross and wanted to make sure that our money would actually go to help)
posted by [identity profile] at 08:39am on 17/02/2009
Yes, my understanding from everything I've read is that the Victorian Government is covering the administration costs so that everything given to the Red Cross for the fires goes to the people affected by it.

To Beth: As an Aussie, thank you.
posted by [identity profile] at 09:04am on 17/02/2009
that's amazing. and so good to hear.
my thoughts and good juju are with you all
posted by [identity profile] at 04:36am on 17/02/2009
the Australian Red Cross, is the main cause raising money for the Bush Fires, even the SES (state emergency service) is telling people who want to donate, to do it through the Red Cross.

donating through any other charity, it's going to be questionable as to weither the money gets to where it is needed.
posted by [identity profile] at 05:21am on 17/02/2009
The Red Cross is the primary charity for these fires. All donations are being routed through. As Beth points out, it's a differently run organisation over here, while we've also been given confirmation that every cent of the money is going to people in need. No money is being kept for overheads.

Thanks for your concern.
posted by [identity profile] at 05:52am on 17/02/2009
of course.
survivors of natural disasters have to take care of our own, eh?

much love and good juju to all of y'all.
posted by [identity profile] at 01:51am on 17/02/2009
just a clarification , it's Bush fire , not brush fire , aussie bush = native forests which consistes of a whole lot of different large trees, grass , bushes animals etc, brush makes it sound like a bit of grass and small plant land only . perhaps it is a semantic difference american- v aussie thing.

the video of the koala was taken a week before the "black saturday" fires, during back burning operations.
it has Become a bit of a symbol for the animals that were hurt in the main bushfires.
and its also bit amusing that the guy in the video is called Mr Tree.

the red cross is a well respected charity here.
while we are all aware that some of the money will be put into administration to run the organisation correctly, and into managing the funds and legal costs etc. this is as with any charitible organisation with any merit.

I think it will be safe with them. and yes it is seperate organisation from the american red cross.
there are also St Vincents de paul (Vinnies) for people

or for the animals the rspca as mentioned or

Wildlife rescue and protection inc (WRAP)

The Australian Wildlife Health Centre (AWHC) at Healesville Sanctuary
posted by [identity profile] at 01:52am on 17/02/2009
I recently started talking to a girl who lives really close to where the fires are. I haven't had much time to talk to her lately and hope everything is alright. I hate being a broke college student. Oh, she did send me an email with a bunch of photographs I could send to you if you want to see (that where I first saw the guy with the koala).
posted by [identity profile] at 04:21am on 17/02/2009
yay for beth love :D
posted by [identity profile] at 05:26am on 17/02/2009
Thank you Beth.

You might want to include the detail that this is the single worst peacetime event in terms of casualties that Australia's ever had? It's serious out there.

Also I don't know about the semantics of bush fires vs brush fires, but we call it a bushfire... although these are being called firestorms at the moment.
posted by [identity profile] at 09:04am on 17/02/2009
Funny, I read the first paragraph of your post and I thought "ooo I should mention the Australian bushfire appeal because there's another example of the internet donating so hard the whole country nearly falls over", and then I scrolled down and saw the rest of your post.

Thank you for blogging this!
posted by [identity profile] at 10:49am on 17/02/2009
Someone once wrote, "My life has turned out not to be a struggle between good or evil, but between doing a good deed or doing nothing."

People are capable of doing good.
posted by [identity profile] at 12:34pm on 18/02/2009
does time count? every day i've had off uni since the fires i've been working up at the kinglake relief site. im not really the most useful person in the world up there, but i've sure made a lot of coffee.
posted by [identity profile] at 08:35pm on 18/02/2009
I think time counts a whole heap. I bet there are lots of people who really appreciate what you're doing, so good on you!



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