How you can help those affected by the Australian bushfires

22 Jan, 2020

In response to enquiries from Sonic staff around the world, Sonic Healthcare has created two bushfire fundraising pages to support the massive recovery efforts for fire-ravaged communities and wildlife.

Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery

 Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife

Sonic Healthcare is matching staff donations made via these pages before 9 February 2020, to a combined total of $100,000, effectively doubling staff contributions. These charities have been chosen for their national reach and established reputations for getting funds to where they are needed most.

Sonic will make these donations in addition to the practical support being provided by Sonic Healthcare Australia practices, as well as the $250,000 that we have already donated.

About the charities

The Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery helps emergency teams to do their work – including the bushfires we’re currently seeing and disasters yet to come.

It enables support to be given to people during disasters: whether that’s help to prepare, a safe place to take shelter, psychological first aid, information, and practical support through the months and even years it can take to recover. Funds are being used to support emergency grants for people who’ve lost their homes and to support long term recovery work in communities impacted by bushfires over recent months.

The Australian Red Cross website describes the impact that your donation will have on communities that have been affected. They have also created a page that will be updated every week explaining how donations are being used and support that is being provided:

Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife

The Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife seeks to provide a coordinated response to the needs of the wildlife rescue and recovery sector. Through the Wildlife Heroes project initial emergency funding has been provided and will continue to flow to groups responding to injured wildlife.

Following the catastrophic bushfires that have ravaged the country, they are working closely with groups and governments across the country to ensure funds are dispersed in the most appropriate way and as quickly as possible. Some of the groups they are currently working with include:

  • NSW Native Wildlife Council
  • WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service)
  • NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service
  • Wildlife Victoria
  • Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
  • Vets Beyond Borders
  • WWF (World Wildlife Fund) – Australia
  • Conservation Volunteers Australia

HSL is a partnership between The Doctors Laboratory, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust (the Royal Free London) and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH)

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