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Monday, February 09, 2009

Victorian Bushfire Relief Fund 2009

Victoria's bushfires have been all over the news but we cannot begin to understand what these people are going through. If you feel the desire to help (as many Australians do!) please donate to the Red Cross Bushfires Appeal 2009. Please be wary of email scams masquerading as this legitimate charity organisation.

According to the Red Cross website:
  • Australian Red Cross DOES NOT send unsolicited email to the public requesting donations.
  • If you receive an unsolicited email alleging to be on behalf of Red Cross or collecting for Red Cross, immediately delete the message and do not forward or otherwise circulate it.
  • Do not respond to these messages or provide any personal details to unsolicited email that you may receive.
  • Only make an online donation to an Australian Red Cross Appeal at www.redcross.org.au.

Go to the official Red Cross Website to donate or call 1800 811 700

Please do not call 000 if you are worried about relatives / loved ones. The information line for the Country Fire Authority Victoria is 1800 240 667. Please do not visit the areas just to drive by and look. You will be in the way. Firefighters and investigators need to do their job without interference and the people of these devastated areas need to be left respectfully to grieve and rebuild their lives. Please do not donate clothing or other items to the Red Cross at this time - a cash donation is the most effective way to help during this appeal.

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  1. Well done LJP - I've added the REd Cross details to my blog as well. This is a tragedy that's almost impossible to comprehend.

    I'm lucky enough not to have had any family or friends affected but my husband's workmate lost his house - he commuted to work every day from his property in Kinglake. At least he and his family are all OK though.

  2. Cheers Kath - glad you're spreading the word. These families need all the help they can get right now.

  3. Dreadful to see the devastation and hear about loss of life on the news.

    The weather in South Africa also gone crazy lately with major fires and terrible floods.

  4. Thanks Jackie, it's good to know people around the world are thinking about Victoria at this time.

    ps. Kath -so glad your husband's workmate and his family made it out ok.

  5. Thanks for your review on my blog. I will add this too. Prayers with you all - terrible tragedy.


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