Bushfires January 2020

How You Can Help

Dear Victorian Quilters Inc. Members,

To everyone, and especially our members who have been impacted by the disastrous fires in eastern Australia, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Many of these fires have been burning for a considerable time and some of you have been on “watch and act” a number of times and may have had family members volunteering their time and expertise to fight the fires.  This adds to the burden of taking care of the  family at home, often with the added responsibility of looking after those in the family / community who may require extra assistance.

I am sure many of us who live in areas where there is no current emergency are thinking of how we can assist.  A number of suggestions have been posted on social media, however, at present it is suggested that monetary donations be made to assist those impacted by the fires will help affected communities recover sooner.  As a general rule, donations of goods, food etc. are not required.

The following are some of the organisations seeking donations to assist with providing services and emergency relief to those effected by the fires.

Red Cross Disaster Relief

https://www.redcross.org.au/campaigns/disaster-relief-and-recovery-new-years-eve#donate

Country Fire Authority

CFA Brigades Donations Fund – donations to a specific brigade

Account Name: CFA Brigades Donation Fund
BSB: 063 225
Account: 1022 0603
Branch: Forest Hill – 23 Mahoneys Road, Forest Hill Vic 3131
Ref: Brigade name

Country Fire Authority Public Fund – for general donations

Account Name: Country Fire Authority Public Fund
BSB: 063 225
Account: 1022 2326
Branch: Forest Hill – 23 Mahoneys Road, Forest Hill Vic 3131

Anglicare

Donations can help provide emergency relief to people and families who are running out of supplies. Your donation can help us provide the necessary support to those who need it most.  If you wish to make a donation via cheque, please make it payable to Anglicare Victoria and send this to PO Box 45, Abbotsford VIC 3067.

Bendigo Bank / Salvation Army

https://www.bendigobank.com.au/appeals/bushfire-appeals/

Bendigo Bank has partnered with The Salvation Army, to establish an appeal with 100% of donated funds going directly to communities in need.

The appeal will be conducted by the bank’s charitable arm, Community Enterprise Foundation™, and funds raised will be used in a range of locally identified charitable areas to provide relief and recovery in the fire affected areas.

Donations can be made at any Bendigo Bank branch or online at Community Enterprise Foundation.

There are other organizations who have specific aims you may prefer to support.

I have been asked if Victorian Quilters Inc. are organizing / coordinating the collection and distribution of quilts to those who have been impacted by this disaster.  At the next Victorian Quilters Inc. committee meeting, to be held in early February 2020, we will discuss who, what, when & how Victorian Quilters Inc. can provide assistance in the aftermath of this disaster.

At this stage Victorian Quilters Inc will support appeals being coordinated by Member Groups and other recognized organizations.

Member Groups are being contacted by their Committee Representative to see if they require any assistance.  Individual members may contact me if they need help or if you are aware of anyone that needs assistance, please contact me.

Please take care and keep safe.

Kind Regards

Marie

Marie Lee

President

0403 790 390