As severe bushfires ravage communities across Australia at an unprecedented level, our thoughts are with those affected by this national disaster.
In response to this ongoing crisis, we have teamed up with the Australian Red Cross to establish donation stations at Westpoint. We encourage our community to donate directly to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund, which is providing vital services on the ground and supporting communities devastated by the fires, via these donation points or donate directly via the Red Cross website here.
In combination with this national fundraising drive we are also partnering with a range of local registered charities to raise funds, supplies and goodwill for those affected by these devastating fires.
Blacktown PCYC is deploying officers to fire affected areas, taking with them essential items to assist those in need.
Goods being collected include:
- Back to school items- Games & sporting equipment
- Games & sporting equipment
- Non-perishable food- New clothing inc. socks & jocks
- Toiletries - shampoo, soap, toilet paper
We are looking for your help to put together essential items to support those who have lost everything. If you can assist, please deliver your donations to The Customer Service Desk or Centre Management as soon as possible.
This is only the beginning and we are working out next steps for how we can continue to provide support to the affected communities during this devastating time for our country. To those in our community grieving or those who are supporting the response effort - we are with you now and into the future.
Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages and website for more information on these local efforts.
Our retail partners are also working hard to support those affected and there are many ways you can get involved.
Retailers supporting the bushfire appeal:
Novo Shoes are donating 100% of profits (instore and online) in the next 24 hours starting at 5pm AEDT Tuesday 7th January to support bushfire relief.
Ally Fashion are donating 100% of sales from their Canvas Tote Bag range to support the bushfire relief. This will end on the 22nd January.
Michael Hill International will give $100,000 from this Saturday's sales to the Australian Red Cross' Disaster Relief & Recovery fund.
24-7 Fitness are helping raise funds by running an event on the 23rd January with $10 group training classes, raffles, prizes and samples. If they get to 250 likes on their Facebook post they will donate an extra $250 to the RFS. All proceeds from the event will be donated to RFS support.
Charities to support:
The NSW Rural Fire Service accepts direct financial contributions from the public. Local RFS brigades rely heavily on volunteers and contributions from their communities to sustain their efforts. Contact your local brigade directly or follow the link to donate here!
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army has launched a disaster appeal to help support evacuees and emergency services during the current crisis. You can donate to the disaster appeal here!
Red Cross volunteers are at evacuation centres providing psychological first aid and helping evacuees get in touch with families and friends. Donate here!
Many animals have been injured, killed, or lost their natural habitats due to the fires. WIRES will provide support to displaced and injured wildlife affected by the fires.
You can donate to WIRES here!
St Vincent de Paul Society
St Vincent de Paul help provide food, clothing, essentials, and financial support to affected residents. It will also refer victims to other support and accommodation services, and provide them with emotional and practical support. You can donate to their "always there appeal" here!