I have watched as my fiber friends this week have begun to rally around the causes for bush fire relief. Locally I have donated in my own back yard, but I wanted to do more. we can all do more.
Figures this morning stand at 24 lives lost - 3 of which were fearlessly brave firefighters killed in the act of protection, those firefighters left behind young families.
Two people are missing and unaccounted for in NSW this morning.
There have 1600 homes destroyed.
There are 18 communities currently cut off by fires - people stuck with nowhere to run in Victoria.
There are thousands of people displaced from their homes across three states currently, evacuation centres are at their capacities in every single township and city.
Since the fires began in September more than 5 million hectares have been burnt through, to put that into perspective the entire country of
Are each smaller than the size of the cumulatively burnt areas of Australia.
There have been an estimated 500 MILLION animals - not including invertebrates killed and millions more displaced or injured by these fires.
My heart is broken. My heart is broken for the people who have lost or might lose their homes loved ones and become ill because of this (firefighters are all at a real increased risk of lung cancer skin cancer etc). My heart breaks for every animal I see rescued.
So With these two issues in mind. And to crib Fiber lily's (@fiber_lily on Instagram please follow her) idea, as it was genius. I wish to give away 4 mega yarn hauls. FOURsets of skeins and two project bags. The value of these packages will exceed $500 AUD. Link to those ticket draws here.
You must buy a ticket for the drawing from the website. every single cent will be split between the Red Cross and WIRES. There will be 200 tickets for each giveaway drawing. Each ticket will be $10 AUD and you will receive a receipt for this you can buy as many entries as you like. I will draw a winner once the drawing is sold out and will contact the winner via email to arrange delivery.
I know what you're thinking, why not do one for the RFS directly but many of you will have seen comedienne Celeste Barbers fundraising efforts over the weekend. Her fund currently stands (at the time of writing this is going up fast) at 30 million dollars. which is more than twice what the government promised to give them. I hope that shames the government but that's an entirely separate rant.
The red cross
- The red cross is supporting displaced and people in need as it happens on the ground.
- They support the evacuation centers and recovery hubs.
- Give emergency assistance to people who have lost homes.
- They offer physical and psychological first aid to help with trauma.
- They also have an amazing reunite program helping to reunify people separated by disaster.
If you would like to donate directly to the red cross without going via me you can do that here - https://www.redcross.org.au/campaigns/disaster-relief-and-recovery-donate
- WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc.) is Australia's largest wildlife rescue
- WIRES mission is to actively rehabilitate and preserve Australian wildlife and inspire others to do the same.
- WIRES Rescue animals 7 days a week, 365 days a year
- In December alone there were over 20,000 calls to WIRES 1300 line, a 14% increase on last year, and volunteers attended over 3,300 rescues.
- WIRES has 2500 volunteers in 28 branches all caring for the wildlife they rescue.
If you would like to donate directly to WIRES you can do that here - https://www.wires.org.au/donate/emergency-fund
If you can't afford to donate and I know it is January and its a hard time for all of us. Please consider using your crafting skills for good and donating wildlife pouches nests and bags here -
Or sewing some necktie coolers for our firefighters. Even beginner sewers can do these. Here is a link to the group -
I thank you so so much for sticking with me through to the end of this post today, I've taken a whole week to try and put into words some of the things I want to say. I have ranted and raved on social media but for all my words that is all they are so I now need to do something. I will be donating every single cent from the tickets to these places I will be donating my own yarn and fabric and of course, time to these giveaways, I will also be sending a little bit to advertise these fundraising efforts via Facebook and Instagram so that we can maximize donations. If you keep seeing these same words please feel free to scroll by.
This fundraising effort will be closing in 2 weeks - or sooner depending on donations. If there is high demand I will try to add more lots to give away. If not I will condense those into however many we have. Honestly, I have no clue how this will go.
Thank you ALL in advance for any and all support given to these charities and our country, including good thoughts. To know someone somewhere is thinking of you can be heartening in a time of need.
Much much love,