Bushfire Disaster Appeal

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Vic Emergency has established a Bushfire Disaster Appeal to support community members affected by the recent bushfires in East Gippsland and Hume.

Donations to the Bushfire Disaster Appeal can be made at any Bendigo Bank branch or online via  www.communityenterprisefoundation.com.au/make-a-donation/bushfire-disaster-appeal/

All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible and donors will be provided with a tax receipt through the Foundation.

The appeal provides a formal channel for the public to donate money directly to affected communities and is designed to achieve positive outcomes for the community, by working directly with local recovery committees and structures to inform and drive the distribution of funds.

The appeal will be conducted by the Bendigo Bank’s charitable arm, Community Enterprise Foundation, and funds raised will be used in a range of locally identified charitable areas to provide relief and recovery in the fire affected areas.

Donation of goods

Emergency management personnel are busy working with local councils in the affected areas to assess the needs of their communities.

The best way you can help is by donating money to a registered not-for-profit organisation helping with the relief and recovery effort (or to a Community Relief Fund, if established).

Donations of money is much more effective and provides more flexibility than the donation of material items or pre-loved goods.

At this stage, fire-affected communities DO NOT need donations of furniture or any other hard goods and relief-charities are unable to store or sort them. Please hold onto your donations until those affected know what they need.

Content from Vic Emergency website.

Health and wellbeing

What emotional support is available?

The aftermath of an emergency is a very stressful time for many. In times such as these, we encourage parents and carers to access this information to help support children who may be distressed

Another option to receive emotional support is to visit with your local GP or health service provider who can tell you what is available in your local area.

Emergencies create a high level of stress that can have a significant effect on emotional health and wellbeing. You may feel exhausted and emotional and these reactions can occur hours, days, weeks or even months after the event. Physical and emotional reactions are a normal response to distress and trauma. Some common emotional reactions include fear, guilt, anger, anxiety or depression.

For support and advice you can call Lifeline on 131 114 and Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636 or visit betterhealth.vic.gov.au

Other support services include Parentline 13 22 89 and the Department of Health and Human Services