[First filed: February 08, 2009 @ 21:50]
Jon Stanhope has announced that with the ACT relatively fire free through this nasty weather we’re sending some help to fire-ravaged Victoria.
- Mr Stanhope said while the details of the assistance were still being finalised, he expected the ACT contingent to include ten light and heavy tankers and fire fighting personnel.
Best of luck to them.
If you are so moved as to donate the Red Cross has an appeal page running, or call 1800 811 700.
UPDATED: I-Filed sent in the following as a seperate story which I thought best included here:
- Donate to the Victorian Wildlife Rescue organisation
Let’s hope there are many, many animals and birds that managed to outrun/fly out of the fires, and have been picked up.
Besides helping humans out, you can donate to the Wildlife Rescue fund through their website:
ANOTHER UPDATE: The AFP have announced they’re sending people down to help out too:
- AFP members from ACT Policing and AFP Forensic Operations are to assist in the location, recovery and identification of victims of the Victorian bushfires.
A contingent of 16 Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) qualified officers will leave for Victoria tomorrow morning (Monday, February 9), travelling by road.
The officers will be assigned tasks and a location in which to work by Victoria Police.
Liberal Leader Zed Seselja has also put out a statement of general support for the assistance effort.
Further Update: The Brumbies have announced that they’ll be hosting a collection point for the official 2009 Victorian Bushfire Appeal at the first home game on 21 February.
UPDATE 4: Jon Stanhope has now announced that the ACT Government has decided to donate $300,000 or roughly one dollar for each of us. They’re also looking at how they can help with third party fundraising.
UPDATE 5: Trevar has posted the following as a story but I thought it best rolled in here:
- A friend of mine forwarded the following email to me, saying that she had gone to the trouble of confirming it with Allied Pickfords:
ALLIED PICKFORDS is arranging to transport any Canberra donations of clothing, toys, tinned food, furniture due to the tragedy with the bushfires in Victoria. Many of us lived through this 6 years ago, and can imagine not having any possessions except the clothes on your back. The community support for Canberra from around Australia was incredible at the time – and we should now help Victoria. If you have a spare ANYTHING – get it to Queanbeyan. The Allied Pickfords Depot is at 184 Gilmore Road, Queanbeyan – just go along Canberra Avenue past DFO and Gilmore Road is only a few kilometres away. It is open 8am-5pm (Phone 132554). DONATIONS NEED TO BE THERE BY 5PM ON Wed 11-Feb-09. If you can pack things into boxes, it will help.
UPDATE 6: Apparently the Allied Pickfords trucks are full but the FM radio collections go on.
UPDATE 7: Apparently the containers are all full everywhere. If cash is what you want to give the Fringe Festival running in Civic Square raised $1,700 last night and is passing the hat around every night.