Published on 16 January 2020
Updated 22 January
We are so proud of the way our community has rallied together to give generously to those affected by the devastating bushfires across the country.
We’ve been asked by the State Government to help remind residents that relief centres are overwhelmed by donations, which is diverting resources away from critical tasks. The best way people can help impacted communities is through financial donations.
The Victorian Government has launched a new fund in partnership with the Bendigo Bank Community Enterprise Foundation and the Salvation Army, dedicated to helping Victorians impacted by the recent bushfires. Donations to the new fund will be held in a dedicated account overseen by Pat McNamara, former Victorian Deputy Premier and Minister for Police and Emergency Services. Donations can be made at any Bendigo Bank branch or online via: vic.gov.au/bushfireappeal
A number of local businesses are also raising funds and supporting those affected by the fires - see below for full details on how you can get involved.
Aangan Indian Restaurant: free meals for emergency personnel
Aangan has pledged $10,000 to the Victorian Government Emergency Fund, and the Victorian Government is matching this donation.
On top of this donation, Aangan is offering a free combo meal to all emergency personnel to say thank you to the brave people protecting our country.
The Cheeky Pint: Bushfire Relief Pledge
For the month of January, The Cheeky Pint will donate $1 from every pint of beer sold, and $2 from every pint of pale ale sold, to bushfire relief funds.
Gaye Abandon School of Sewing: Sewing Bee
Wednesday 22 January, 3-8.30pm
In support of the Animal Rescue Craft Guild, Gaye Abandon School of Sewing is hosting a sewing bee to make bat wraps, wildlife pouches and other supplies for wildlife injured or displaced by the bushfires.
Yarraville Club Cricket Club: Bushfire Appeal
Sunday 26 January
Hansen Reserve, Roberts Street West Footscray
Yarraville Club Cricket Club are joining forceswith the Victorian Turf Cricket Association to host a bushfire fundraiser, featuring Australia XI vs World XI one day cricket match, live music by the Hansen Reserves, a BBQ and cake stall, and a jumping castle for the kids.
Dosa Hut: Fundraising Buffet
Sunday 26 January, 12-3pm
Dosa Hut is organising a fundraising buffet at all a number of participating stores across Victoria, with all funds raised going to support bushfire victims.
The Footscray location is one of the participating stores.
Foodbank staff and volunteers have packed more than 3,000 hampers which are being distributed to bushfire affected communities around the state, following their successful food relief donation drive.
They are now accepting financial donations to help provide meals to people affected by the bushfires.