I'm continually blown away by the generosity of the Blue Illusion community!
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who joined us on Friday last week to support The Australian Red Cross in their efforts to provide assistance to people affected by bushifres in Tasmania, NSW, Victoria and the Northern Territory, and as they standby ready to provide further support where needed.
I'm proud and honoured to announce, with your help, we raised $17,900 for The Australian Red Cross!
Here is a snapshot of where The Red Cross have been providing assistance and how these funds will contribute to the appeal:
• Overall, more than 150 Red Cross people, including volunteers, have been helping with the Tasmanian bushfires response, supporting approximately 3,000 people affected by the bushfires.
• The Dunalley Centre has reported that approx 200 people are attending for meals, a drop from between 600–1000 at the peak. Community meetings are now to be held at the meal times at the centre. Red Cross has provided personal support at the centre to people affected by the bushfires. Red Cross is in attendance at daily meetings at Dunalley to plan personal support for the day.
• Red Cross volunteers have been working in evacuation centres in Coonabarabran and Baradine providing personal support.
• With conditions changing constantly, Red Cross is coordinating closely with NSW emergency service authorities and stands ready to provide further assistance if called on by the State Government.
• Red Cross has been providing assistance to people affected by the Chepstowe fire, west of Ballarat, which destroyed a number of homes, and a separate fire further west near Horsham. Our volunteers have been working in relief centres in Ballarat and Horsham, providing food, emotional support and emergency registration evacuees. The centres are now closed.
In the Northern Territory
• Red Cross has been providing emergency registration and personal support to evacuees from the Kings Canyon resort, about 320km south-west of Alice Springs, as a result of local bushfire activity. More than 70 people, predominantly tourists, were transported to an evacuation centre in Alice Springs, where Red Cross volunteers were waiting.
For further information on how you can get involved or donate directly the The Australian Red Cross, please visit their website here.