As a company whose sole mission is to protect people, property and places from the catastrophic effects of fire, we are all profoundly saddened to witness the current bushfires devastating parts of Australia.
I’m sure you’ve all seen the recent harrowing images of Australia. Australia is on fire and is currently in the midst of a climate emergency. Heartbreaking images have shown families sheltering on beaches, animals caught in fences as they try to escape the deadly flames and towns destroyed.
Toxic air covers Sydney and large parts of Australia are blanketed by smoke. Canberra currently has the worst air quality in the world. At the time of writing the 20th death has been confirmed, over 480 million animals have perished with some species feared never to recover and fifteen million acres of forest have been completely wiped out.
Heroic firefighters battle the flames for hours on end, many of them are volunteers who are trying to save their country.
Everyone at Ciqurix offers their heartfelt condolences to all those affected.
If you’re wondering how best to help, we have included some links and information to charities that are working tirelessly to help those in need.
Australian Red Cross
The Australian Red Cross is supporting people affected by fires in New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia. They have 60 evacuation centres across NSW, and five across Queensland. These centres offer psychological first aid, and help people get in touch with their family and friends. They are also providing $2000 emergency grants to people who have lost their homes in the fire. You can donate here https://fundraise.redcross.org.au/drr
Wildlife Rescue South Coast
Wildlife Rescue South Coast is a volunteer run rescue that covers the coast along New South Wales from Wollongong to the Victorian border. They are asking for donations to help get veterinary help, medicine and supplies to animals who have been affected by the fires. You can donate via Paypal or through their website. They also have a Wildlife Calendar you can order to help support the organisation. https://www.wildlife-rescue.org.au/
According to to their website,
Salvation Army Emergency Services (SAES) teams remain active at multiple locations across the country providing immediate emotional, spiritual and material support to firefighters, volunteers and evacuees. They will remain in activation as the disaster continues to unfold.
“We pray for the safety of all Australians at this time and stand with those impacted by the ongoing crisis, now and into the future, for as long as it takes to recover.”
(Salvation Army Australia)
You can donate directly on their website https://www.salvationarmy.org.au/