The British Red Cross have set up a fundraising page for those of us in the UK who want to help the victims of the bushfires in Victoria, Australia. Click here if you would like to donate. This site just makes it easier for UK residents to donate rather than trying to work out exchange rates, commission fees and where would be the best place to donate. Also, when I tried to access the Australian Red Cross’ website yesterday it was far too busy for me to get anywhere near.
I’ve just donated, and it was really simple, took only a couple of minutes. I just wish I could have given more.
The death toll is currently at 181, and rising. I can’t imagine having to start from scratch, possibly not even in the same town as it could have been destroyed. I can’t imagine having to hold a family together without key members, or perhaps being a child without a family, bemused by the twist of fate which tore apart my family. For many, the loss of things; houses, cars, neighbourhoods etc is the least of their problems. Quite apart from all of those who have been killed by these fires, think of all those who have been injured.
What Marita wrote in reply to my post yesterday night is so true: “Give your loved ones a hug and tell them you love them. They can so easily be torn away from us”. How sad that it takes something like this, sometimes, to remind us of that.