Bushfire Relief

We created this page for UNSW students to get helpful information and connect. 

Thank you to everyone that came to the Lost Property Sale we raised $7,344.50 for the NSW Rural Fire Service. We don't want to stop there. We will continue to come together was a community of UNSW students and staff to reach out to and help the fire-affected communities, the wildlife and the firefighters.

Stay Intelligently Informed

Keep an eye on the NSW Rural Fire Service website and social media- they provide regular updates on the fires, advice and how you can help: https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/

Download the Fires near Me app: https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/news-and-media/stay-up-to-date

Go to the NSW Office of Emergency Management for emergency management information: https://www.emergency.nsw.gov.au

Feeling Overwhelmed?

If you are feeling overwhelmed, hopeless or helpless regarding the bushfire crisis here are some tips to help you manage: 

  • Set time to switch off. Take a break from reading, watching, thinking and talking about the bad news. Put your phone down and use that time to do something that you makes you happy and relaxed. Check in regularly with the news, but balance it out with leisure activities that reduce stress. 
  • Make deliberate plans to self-care. If you normally enjoy a walk or an outdoor activity, don’t just resign yourself to a wasted day at home because of the smoke. Use the opportunity to think of a an indoor activity that might be enjoyable – a gym class, having a home cooked meal with friends, or going to an art exhibition, playing board games
  • Have stress management strategies in place to calm down, e.g. deep breaths or meditation. 
  • Don't ignore the good stories,even in the midst of tragedy, there are examples of heroism, compassion, kindness and generosity
  • It can help to speak about your stress. Whether it is with family, friends, or with a professional, talking about your stress is a healthy way to manage them.
  • Help in what way you can. You can feel better by doing something actively to address the bushfire crisis. This might be by donating money or volunteering your time or helping spread awareness. There are heaps of ways you can help. Check out our ideas below. 

The are so many other ways you can help

Volunteer in the Commmunities

There is no call for recovery volunteers just yet, but you can pre-register to volunteer with disaster recovery organisations through the Volunteer Army.

Apply today

Donation Goods

Givit is asking for things like fuel and grocery vouchers, fencing and water tanks.

Find out more

Donate Blood

The Red Cross's blood donation service, Lifeblood, says they're going to need more donations - especially as the bushfire crisis worsens. You can find out where to give blood, and if you're eligible to donate.

Click Here

Offer your spare bed

In the midst of the fire crisis across the Australian east coast, many people and their animals now need somewhere to stay. This is a place where people with a spare bed and people who need a place for themselves or their animals can connect.

Click here

Sign a petition

You can sign your name to a petition calling for firefighters to have better protective gear. The petition was started by the Firefighter Cancer Coalition.

Click here

Live aligned with eco-values

Do your part to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

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Join the UNSW Climate Change Network

Join the UNSW Climate Change Network, to connect with UNSW community members and discuss meaningful action at the individual, workplace, community and higher levels. Email climatechangenetwork@unsw.edu.au to get involved.

Click here

Do you know someone who lost their home?

It can be hard to know what to say. Click below to read article "What to say to someone who's lost their home in the Australian bushfires" by James Findlay.

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Do you want to donate money? 

For those with money to give, donations to the following organisations will go towards bushfire relief:

Do you want to host a fundraising event or set up a crowdfund campaign? 

  • Before you do, read this article
  • If you're a UNSW student please email and let us know so we can help you 

DISCLAIMER: This document and the information contained herein is provided for general use and informational purposes only. It should not be considered personal advice in relation to legal, financial or healthcare matters. You are encouraged to consult other sources to confirm the information contained in this document, and if appropriate, seek independent expert advice from an appropriately qualified legal practitioner, financial advisor or healthcare professional. 

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