In It Together: A Bushfire Relief Directory

January 10th 2020

Photo: Amelia Jenner
A lot of Australians are suffering underneath the bushfire crisis that’s ravaged communities and towns around the state and nation. And a lot of us are also searching for how we can make a meaningful contribution to the relief efforts as the fires continue to rage on across the country.

We’ve seen a number of disaster relief initiatives emerge in response to this unprecedented crisis. It can seem as though they’re growing at an exponential rate – if you put away your social media for half an hour, it’s likely that there’ll be five new fundraisers by the time you return. It can be hard to keep track of them all, and it can feel daunting to look at the sheer amount of ways you can contribute when you’re deciding where best to direct your support.

So we’ve compiled some of the fundraising efforts happening in and around Sydney that we think are worth a look in. From the local pub donating their tips for the month to the fantastic music you can buy in support of the relief efforts. Plus all the events, protests, volunteer opportunities and donation drives: everyone who’s doing their part, for everyone who wants to help make a difference.

This is by no means a definitive list, but it’s intended to be a living, breathing resource to return to in the coming weeks and months as the sustained recovery efforts come more clearly into focus – because there’s still a long way to go. We’ll continue to regularly update the list with new events and opportunities to contribute as they’re announced.

If there’s a fundraiser you’d like to recommend, please let us know! Just email music@fbiradio.com with the details and a link.

Ultimately, there’s no one-size-fits-all prescription for this – where, how and the reasons why you choose to express your support is always up to you. Scroll through and make the decision that’s right for you. We urge you to also do your own research whenever you’re contributing financially to an organisation.

Please stay safe out there.

Words by Kyle Fensom, FBi Music Team

Protests & Rallies

Music Events

 

 Photo: Amelia Jenner

Musicians & Labels

Many musicians and labels are donating proceeds from the purchase of their music to bushfire relief causes, including:

Food, Goods & Other Donations

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Recycletastic x The Food Bank. Pack milk crates with food donations or drive milk crates to the donation centre. Email the organisers to register your interest.
  • Blazeaid. Help fire-affected communities rebuild fences and other structures.
  • Rescued Pets. List your home as a drop-off hub or a safe house for animals affected by the fires, or sign up to feed or transport animals.
  • Australian Unions. Help fire-affected communities clean up and rebuild.
  • Animal Rescue Collective. Make possum boxes, wombat holes, water traps and feeders for wildlife impacted by the bushfires.
  • Conservation Volunteers Australia. Register your interest to be a part of the national bushfire recovery response.

Financial Donation Drives

 Photo: Amelia Jenner

Retail Donation Drives (Food, Fashion and Other)

  • Lousy Handshake Tees. Proceeds from the sale of tees going to rebuild the community of Cobargo.
  • Spend With Them. An Instagram account featuring small brands and businesses impacted by the fires encouraging people to purchase their goods.
  • Caspian for Fire Relief Tees. Proceeds going to WIRES and the Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities.
  • Camp Cove ‘Worth Fighting For’ Tees. Proceeds going to the Australian Red Cross and WIRES.
  • Continental Deli and Bistro, Newtown & CBD. Proceeds from the sale of ricotta and blueberry cheesecake will be donated to the NSW Rural Fire Service.
  • The Marrickville Hotel. All tips are to be donated to the NSW Rural Fire Service.
  • The Unicorn Hotel, Paddington. Donations can be made at every Trivia Tuesday event, which will be matched by the venue.
  • Belly Bao, Newtown. $1 from every beer sold in January will be donated to the Australian Red Cross, WIRES, the NSW Rural Fire Service and the Fire Fund Relief for First Nations Communities.
  • Artificer Coffee Bar & Roastery, Surry Hills. All tips from January will be donated to the NSW Rural Fire Service.
  • Tokyo Bird, Surry Hills. $1 from every cocktail sold in January will be donated to the NSW Rural Fire Service and the Australian Red Cross.
  • ramptrampstamp. Purchase a pair of $70 custom underwear on Instagram and send a DM to nominate a charity for the proceeds to be donated to.
  • Extra Silky Hair Salon, Paddington. 20% of January profits will be donated to the NSW Rural Fire Service, the Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities, and the RSPCA.
  • Haus of Dizzy. 100% of profits from Indigenous Pride studs and pins sold during January will be donated to the Fire Relief for First Nations Communities.
  • Rewind Photo Lab, Glebe. Free printing service for practising artists who want to print their work to sell for bushfire charity.
  • Frank Body. 100% of January global sales of A-Beauty Scrub will be donated to WIRES, NSW Rural Fire Service and the Country Fire Authority.
  • Archie Rose Bar, Rosebery. $1 from each G&T sold in January will be donated to WIRES, the NSW Rural Fire Service and the Australian Red Cross.
  • Art 4 Climate Justice. Proceeds from the Instagram sales of artworks will be donated to the Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities and Seed Mob.
  • Young Henrys Commitment to Australian Bushfire Support. 300 cases of beer and 200 kegs pledged to Sydney hospitality retailers who are raising money for the NSW Rural Fire Service, WIRES and the Australian Red Cross.
  • Resound Bushfire Appeal. Donate musical instruments to musicians who lost their instruments in the bushfires.
  • Humanitix Bushfire Relief. Host a bushfire relief event with Humanitix and 100% of the booking fees will be donated to the Australian Red Cross.
  • The Italian Bowl Newtown Fundraising Raffle. Purchase a $20 raffle ticket for your chance to win a share of $5,000 in prizes. Proceeds going to a charitable organisation (TBA).
If there’s a fundraiser you’d like to recommend, please let us know! Just email music@fbiradio.com with the details and a link.

 

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