As we kick off a brand new year and a fresh new decade I really really want to be intentional about where I’m going in my personal life and filter that into my blog/instagram/whatever content I put out.
I just got back from an incredible trip ringing in 2020 in Sydney, Australia and while it was such an amazing beach Holiday with my boyfriend and his family, I also don’t want to ignore the fact that a huge portion of the country is suffering immensely from the active Wildfires. Over 500million animals have heartbreakingly lost their lives, thus far 7 people have been confirmed dead, over 200 homes destroyed, a state of emergency called, and over 64 fires continue to burn uncontained. While I still intend to share my travel recs as Sydney is such a beautiful city and I really hope you all have the opportunity to visit some day, I first want to dive back into the New Year and start 2020 on a meaningful note dedicating a post every month to a “Cause of the Month”, with the Wildfires in Sydney being the first.
During the Holidays every year, each member of my family gives a sum of money to the Charity/Foundation/Cause of their choice. This year I’ve dedicated my portion to the Wildfires in Australia. I’m sure most, if not all, of you have already heard about everything going on in Australia, and hopefully many of you have already donated as well, but in case you’re in search of a place where you too can make more a difference going into the New Year, I’ve linked several places below with specifics on where your contribution will go and how to help with the Wildfires.
Funds raised here directly help with response and recovery to the fires and specifically towards families who are evacuated or lost their homes to the fires. In October, our family home in Dallas was severely destroyed by a Tornado. It’s one of those things that really puts everything into perspective and while our family is extremely fortunate to have most covered by insurance and financial means to recover afterwards, I can’t imagine the experience of those who have lost their homes completely and don’t have the means, resources, or support as they rebuild.
- Donated funds support evacuation and recovery centers in New South Wales, VIC and SA
- Funds go towards providing water, food hampers, hygiene items, satellite phones, and psychological first aid
- Funds go towards Emergency assistance including cash grants to people who have lost their homes in these bushfires
- Funds go toward deploying more trained personnel on ground in Mallacoota and other parts of Australia
Donating to the fire service is one of the ways to directly help those risking their lives to fight the on going bushfires spreading vastly throughout Australia. Their Linktree page is dedicated to supporting the volunteers and brigades with additional equipment and means necessary to fight the fires. Additionally you can also SIGN THIS PETITION which I found through Hannah Strafford Taylor, which I have already signed to help ensure firefighters receive adequate and practical respiratory protection.
For me one of the most devastating elements of the fires is how helpless the animals are. Funds donated to the Wildlife emergency fund directly improve rescue and care capabilities for animals in the fires. Funds directly help aid animals burns with baths, bandages, antibiotics, pain relief, sedation, monitored care, and rescues.
Australia’s Salvation Army is responding directly by using donations towards emergency response and aid at evacuation centers. Donations aid in providing meals for evacuees and frontline responders, firefighters, and provide emergency relief for families and individuals affected.
Faith has always been a major part of my life as well, so in addition to donating, if you could also say a prayer to all those affected, animals included, and pray for rain and resources to reach Australia.
Here’s to 2020 truly being the best and most intentional yet. I hope you all had a very happy new year and start off the next decade on a positive, encouraging, impactful note.