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How can I help bushfire victims from the USA?

29 February 2020

How can I help bushfire victims from the USA?

Australian’s have been heartened by the support and expressions of care from our friends across the globe. Thank you to all who have shown concern and interest in relief support to those affected by the recent fires. Most of the fires have now been extinguished or are under control. From the brave firefighters and selfless volunteers to the unbending strength of our communities, we have seen the best of Australians and their extraordinary spirit as they begin to rebuild and recover.

For those looking to assist in the recovery efforts, you can donate to the Red Cross' Disaster Relief and Recovery work here. Alternatively, the American Australian Association has established the tax deductible (for US citizens) Australian Bushfire Relief Fund, with 100% of the donations being directed to the Red Cross’ Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund. The Association will issue an official receipt for your U.S. tax-deductible donation. The needs of first responders and victims are great and varied and it's the services and charities on the frontline, such as Red Cross, who are best placed to know what is needed and where. Your support will go towards recovery programs and emergency assistance in communities affected by disasters like bushfires, heat, floods cyclones and other emergencies; helping people and communities prepare for disasters and protect what matters most; and training, equipment, logistics and coordination of Australian Red Cross volunteers.

You can also support Australia and Australians by visiting us down-under.  The Australian community are helping restart affected economies, by taking holidays in affected areas and buying local produce. We ask our friends overseas to also do so, to keep visiting our unique tourist attractions and support our communities who rely on visitors to bounce back. Australia continues to provide the world-class produce, merchandise and tourism experiences we have long been famous for. Australia remains a safe place to visit and to do business – there’s never been a better time to visit Australia.Our sympathies go out to the families and communities who are impacted by the fires and we send our gratitude to the thousands of dedicated and highly trained emergency services personnel who worked tirelessly to respond to the fires.  We extend our most sincere condolences to their families and friends of three Americans who died in the crash of the Large Air Tanker in the Snowy-Monaro area of Australia on 23 January. We are ever grateful for their help to Australia.

The United States and Australia share close bonds of friendship and common values. We will not forget the support we have received from the United States over this Australian fire season.

Photo credit: Matthew Abbott