Surreal images of evacuees fleeing to beaches—or boats—for safety
Many people and animals urgently need water.
We have seen over the past few weeks an absolutely astonishing set of bushfires is still burning around Australia currently.
The scenes producing surreal images like those of evacuees fleeing to beaches—or boats—for safety. The situation has been particularly dangerous in Victoria and New South Wales, where fires have surrounded Sydney, choking the air with smoke. So much smoke, in fact, that even New Zealand has been impacted by it over 2,000 kilometres away.
The alarming statistics as at 6 January 2020
Six times the Californian nightmare bushfires.
- 25 people have died
- 500 million wildlife perished
- 1,500 homes have been destroyed
- 15 million acres of bush, trees and vegetation have burn
This is a larger scorched area than a country like Switzerland and 6 times the Californian nightmare bushfires.
What are the main reasons of bushfires?
- Drought and very hot temperatures
- Fires in cars and trucks after road accidents
- Lightning strikes set fire to grass and trees
- Fires lit for burning off the grass that gets out of control
- Careless people who, for example, drop their cigarette butts or let sparks and fire escape from their campfires
- Arson – several people have been arrested.
Unfortunately, the weather has yet to turn helpful…we need rain for the fires, but many people and animals urgently need drinking water!
Please donate water to scorched and drought-ravaged parts in Australia
Many people who have hastily evacuated from their homes in NSW and Victoria end up with a lack of drinking water in the continuous heat.
Elsewhere in our drought-stricken Australia near the town of Stanthorpe, a family was carrying buckets of water from the town dam. Again, and again, they lugged each bucketload up the dam wall and poured it into a tank strapped to the tray of an old ute.
He said to me that they had no water, he couldn’t afford to buy water because he’d lost his job. A truck- driver, now coordinates the handout of about 340,000litres of water a week in Queensland’s granite belt region. He is one of several ordinary people trucking water to desperate and drought-ravaged parts of Queensland and New South Wales.
Danny and Peta Johns and their son Balin also rely on the water supply from charities. They have not had water in their dams for almost five months.
“Without [the water charity] we’d be buggered. We’d have no animals. None of these people here would have any stock at all. It’s disastrous. Having a family, paying a mortgage … without this, we would just be buggered. I couldn’t afford to buy water.”
“If there isn’t water being provided by us or by whoever … people are spending substantial amounts of income buying bottled water. In places like Walgett, some families say they were spending a quarter of their income just buying water. People have been travelling to Moree 150km away just to get drinking water.
Lanz Priestley, who now runs Dignity Water, has taken emergency supplies of drinking water to thirsty places such as Walgett, Menindee, Bourke, Tenterfield and many smaller communities in between.
Water for Australia
Water for Australia was set up by Bartercard Australia in Partnership with the One Light Charity Foundation to accept donations of bottled water at drop off points around Australia. The following Bartercard locations will be used as water drop off points in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia.
Please see below the full list of Bartercard drop-off points.
Water will be donated to local Registered Charities and Rural Fire Services who will distribute it to the neediest.
Ways to get involved:
- Please inform us if you personally, your family, acquaintances or your animals need bottled drinking water.
- Lifeline 13 11 14 is a confidential telephone crisis support service available 24/7 from a landline, payphone or mobile. Anyone across Australia experiencing a personal crisis can contact Lifeline.
- Donate Cash, Trade Dollars, or Crypto and we will purchase the water on your behalf and/or make donations to registered charities.
- Donate bottled water to your closest Bartercard water drop off point.
- Help reduce arson by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
- Share this Campaign on social media, double click on FB icon below.
13 Jan 2020: Lifeline Grant - $10 000
A BIG Thank You for your overwhelming support of the One Light Fire & Water Australia Bushfire Appeal.
Because of your generosity, we were able to make the first Grant of T$10 000 to the Lifeline 2020 Bushfire Crisis Appeal.
It is common that some people struggle to deal with feelings and thoughts that result from a bushfire or from the tragic losses that may occur. It’s important to know the difference between a common reaction to a stressful or traumatic event and signs that indicate you should seek additional support.
These reactions can be severe and are at their worst in the first week after the event, however, in most cases, they fade over a month.
Beyond Common reactions:
If your day-to-day functioning is seriously affected for more than one month after the event, it’s important to discuss it with a GP or mental health professional.
Lifeline Queensland is actively fundraising to assist with the national bushfire crisis as well as for ongoing Lifeline Queensland activities.
All money raised will go to:
- increasing resources to the Lifeline Queensland 13 11 14 crisis support call centre hours and crisis support resourcing
- delivering cross-border, on the ground support to Lifeline Australia to build capacity to respond to this disaster by:
1. providing train-the-trainer sessions in Psychological First Aid (PFA) and other critical incident interventions
2. providing experienced community recovery managers to mentor and support Lifeline Australia staff in managing community recovery responses and logistics.
- continuing to provide the Lifeline Queensland 13 11 14 crisis support and community recovery services in the wake of recent Queensland bushfires, drought and other natural disasters as well as those who are doing it tough for any other reason.
Your continuous support and generosity are greatly appreciated.
22 Jan Water for Australia
Water for Australia
A water Campaign was set up by Bartercard Australia in partnership with One Light Charity Foundation.
At the Bartercard Bushfire Lunch on the Gold Coast, the amazing staff donated much-needed water to go towards the drought-ravaged parts of Australia.
Benowa Curries & Kebabs provided the delicious lunches, thank you!
The water was donated to Ian Schmidt, volunteering at Granite Belt Water Relief, on Australia Day.🇦🇺
28 Jan Granite Belt Water Donation
The average Australian household uses 900-litres a day, whereas the residents’ of the drought-ravaged granite belt area have to work with 80-litres a day.
We donated water on the weekend to The Granite Belt Water Relief’s Ian Schmidt. See Video
Ian told us that the Storm King dam is empty. Every day 50 tankers are carting 1.5 million litres of water from Warwick to Stanthorpe.
The state government is finalising plans for a pipeline to cart water from Toowoomba to Stanthorpe.
He said donations made to the region recently from individuals and corporations have helped residents and businesses survive.
30 Jan Westpac Helicopter Golf Day Raffle prize - $10 000
Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service
Established in 1975 as a weekend beach patrol. Through community support and fundraising, it became a critical life-saving service that operates 24 hours per day, seven days per week from four bases in Belmont, Broadmeadow, Tamworth and Lismore. Today it delivers aeromedical search, rescue and inter-hospital transfers to care for communities throughout Northern NSW and is approaching 2,000 missions per year, with a Doctor and Paramedic on board every flight.
A Westpac helicopter and its crew were recently relocated to Southern NSW to undertake medical flights amidst the extreme heat and fire danger. Westpac 4 joined the enormous efforts of emergency personnel working on the front line. Their other three aircraft remain on call 24-7. No one has ever had to pay to be assisted by the Service.
Westpac Helicopter Services has a Golf Day 21 Febr and since they have done fantastic work with the recent bushfires we donated a raffle prize on your behalf to help them with their fundraising efforts.
17/02/2020 Animal Welfare League Beenleigh - $15 000
🔥 The fire that occurred on Rossman’s Road in Stapylton was in close proximity to Animal Welfare League Qld Rehoming Centre 🔥
The wonderful crew from the Birnam Rural Fire Brigade stayed at Animal Welfare League Qld Beenleigh Rehoming Centre until 1 a.m to ensure the animals were safe, even leaving a note to say how “well behaved” the pups were. They also brought in all the animal blankets to ensure they didn’t get ash on them 😻
We made contact with the State Animal Welfare League, and the Beenleigh centre
We were touched by this recent newspaper article about the Birnam Rural Fire Brigade Crew staying until 1 a.m, making sure that the AWL Beenleigh animals were safe and the lovely note that they left.
We visited the AWL Beenleigh centre on Valentine’s day, Friday 14th of February. It was the perfect day to show our love and appreciation for the beautiful work that the emergency services and the AWL are doing.
Pamela, Manager at the AWL Beenleigh, gave us the approval to deliver the following gifts on behalf of our donors.
- AWL Volunteers: $100 chocolate gift certificates
- AWL Beenleigh staff: chocolates/flowers
AWL Beenleigh animals:
- 22 new food bowls
- 22 sleeping mats
- 7 harnasses
- 5 nail clipper sets
- Purina Food for all the animals at the AWL Beenleigh Centre
AWL QLD: Bartercard T$10 000 Grant that could be used to purchase holiday travel packages and used as raffle prizes/auction items at the AWL High Tea in May.
Details of travel packages to be discussed later on.
27 February Kangaroo Island
We went to a special Bushfire breakfast recently, featuring Kangaroo Island businesswoman Lisa Collins, sharing her story following the fires.
Lisa is a former Gold Coaster. She is currently a Chocolatier & Coffee Shop owner on the Island. It was heartbreaking to listen about the mayhem and destruction that the bushfires caused on the Island.
- A staggering 25 000 koalas and other wildlife killed
- 56 Homes destroyed
- Two people killed
- 100 000 sheep killed
- One hundred fifty-five thousand hectares (600 square miles) of the Island has been consumed by fires, calling it “an ecological tragedy.”
- Hundreds of buildings damaged
- Hitting the tourism and farming industry very hard
The before and after photos of the Island is heartbreaking.
Lisa explained the journey ahead for its residents to regain their livelihoods & their tourism status.
After listening to Lisa and doing intensive research about the Bushfire devastation, the One Light Board decided to send someone to visit the Island.
Lee Geldenhuys, a director at One Light Charity, will be visiting Adelaide and Kangaroo Island towards the end of February to assess how the Charity can assist victims severely affected by the bushfires.
Andrew Everett will travel with Lee. He is Bartercard Adelaide’s accounts manager, with a passion for also helping others.
They will also meet up with Chocolart, Kangaroo Island Liquid Gold and Acacia Apartments (Bartercard Members)
09/03/2020 Stokes Bay Community Hall - $30 000
Kangaroo Island Projects
The following projects have been identified as priorities that require funding support. Please note that there are other projects that have already been assisted by the government, large charities and international donors that have not been included in the projects below.
The worst affected area apart from the Flinders National Park is an area called “Stokes Bay”. Here just about the whole Community lost their homes, thousands of livestock and their Community Centre. Stokes Bay Community Hall (Incorporated Association, August 1960)
According to Black Rabbit Architects the company appointed, estimates the cost to rebuild the Community Centre as well as a Shed to house the CFS (Country Fire Services ), Fire engine- to ensure the Community is never trapped without a fire truck again and equipment, will be somewhere between $350 000 – $500.000. The Building is only insured for $150 000
So far OLC has pledged $30 000 to kick start the project. Louise is the Stokes Bay Chaplin and will help with the accountability of how the funds will be applied. The Community Centre is an incorporated organisation and the land belongs to the community, not counsel.
The Stokes Bay Hall is the heartbeat of the community. This is where the people get together, play sports and go to church. This Hall has been around for 60 years and was fitted with a new kitchen just before the Bushfires
CLICK ON THIS LINK TO HEAR THE HEART CRY OF THE COMMUNITY
17/03/2020 Kangaroo Island garlic grower, Shane Leahy - $20 000
Kangaroo Island garlic grower, Shane Leahy.
Shane Leahy, lost his home while he was out fighting the Kangaroo Island bushfires as a volunteer fireman.The shed on his property, housing his business – KI Fresh Garlic -survived by pure chance, as did his dogs Socks, Lucy and her seven puppies.
Shane recently joined the Parndana CFS brigade and he’s been out fighting fires across Kangaroo Island for the past month.
But there was no time for rest or reflection at the charred ruins of his home on January 3, 2020.
The fires were still raging, so the farmer, wool classer and firefighter got straight back on the fire truck and continued the fight, trying to prevent others suffering the same fate.
The far-reaching consequences of the fire on his own life would have to wait for the crisis to pass.He found a bed for a few hours each night, either with mates or at the Parndana Country Fire Services station, and continued working from dawn until midnight, battling the blazes which still threatened homes and property across the western half of the island.
He bought the property in 2010, farming sheep, potatoes and now garlic to supplement his income as a wool classer. Originally from Fremantle in WA, he had spent years travelling Australia, classing sheep, before settling in Parndana in 2003. Now 46, he is entrenched in the community, has been president, vice-president and treasurer of the Parndana Roosters Football Club, where he clocked up his 250th game last year.
He is also a senior member of the town’s CFS, and when he heard reports that the fire had reached the town and his property, he commandeered a truck with a mate and drove towards the maelstrom.
So far OLC donated $20 000 of funds to Shane to help him with the recovery process of his garlic business and himself.
Opportunity to Donors
Help Shane to survive and restore his garlic business by supporting him with a lump sum or on a month to month basis.
CLICK ON LINK TO VIEW SHANE’S REQUEST
30/03/2020 Kangaroo Island Estate Wines - $4000
At Kangaroo Island Estate the May family put their heart, souls and passion into growing and nurturing the very best grapes for their exquisite, boutique wines.
On the 20th of December 2019, they had to close their winery due to the devastating bushfires.
The family, heavily involved in the CFS, will not be opening the winery for the next few weeks.
Their vineyard took a hard hit 🔥
The family stays optimistic and posted on their Facebook that they have seen some positive signs. 🌱 The plants are tough.
Just a waiting game to see if they recover enough to produce fruit. 🍇
But there is a lot of work to do either way
“Thank you so much, we really appreciate it and look forward to relaxing.
Glad the vouchers have a long expiry date with all that’s happening right now!
06/04/2020 Chocol'art & Coffee - $2000
This Kangaroo Island coffee shop’s “Pay It Forward Wall” is helping the community, volunteers and people who lost their homes in the recent Kangaroo bushfires, to feel loved and appreciated.
Chocol’Art & Coffee situated in the central shopping district of Kingscote is supplying coffee for brewing and retail.
If you want to buy quality roasted coffee, spend your money with the people and the communities who really, truly need it.
It is a way to put money directly in the pockets of the people and communities who need it the most, and they need it now.
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