16 Acts Of Kindness From The Bushfire Crisis That’ll Make Every Aussie Proud
As fireys continue to battle the worst bushfire season our nation has ever seen, everyday Aussies are stepping up to offer assistance for those suffering and it is heartwarming.
So far at least 25 people have lost their lives, thousands of homes have been destroyed, 10 million hectares have burned, and most recent estimates report that one billion animals have perished.
The devastation is unfathomable, which makes any small act of kindness count.
Here are 16 heartwarming stories from the bushfire crisis that will make every Aussie proud:
#1. These teenagers who filled their car with koalas rescued from Kangaroo Island
Posted on Reddit, user @Steve_OH wrote: “Amid the terrible bushfires in Australia, my cousins went out and saved as many koalas as they could. Good on em. Thought reddit would support and appreciate their efforts!”
#2. A group of Sikh volunteers giving out free vegetarian meals to those in need
There’s a saying that in a crisis, we should look for the helpers.
These legends from Sikh Volunteers Australia drove up to Bairnsdale from Melbourne on Monday – and they’ve been serving free, hot meals ever since.
People helping people. That's what Victoria is all about. pic.twitter.com/lg9sFW3ElE
— Dan Andrews (@DanielAndrewsMP) January 2, 2020
#3. This good boi who saved a flock of sheep from the fires
Patsy is a six-year-old working dog who rounded up a group of sheep up for her owner, as flames approached them in the rural town of Corryong in Victoria. “She and her human brought the sheep to safety on the morning of New Year’s Eve. Cool as a cucumber, Patsy waited with him until the fire got close enough to fight with a tractor and water pump. What a team!” the dog’s Instagram page reads.
#4. The Irwins helping to rescue 90,000 animals, including those in affected areas
Our hearts break for the people and wildlife who have lost so much in the current Australian bushfires. We’re safe here @AustraliaZoo and our entire zoo family is safe too. The fires are not near us however we are treating so many animals at our Wildlife Hospital. pic.twitter.com/SuzM9WOAw3
— Bindi Irwin (@BindiIrwin) January 2, 2020
#5. This firey doing the gid up to lift his team’s spirits
“Sometime when it’s late at night, during dinner break, you have to make a little bit of entertainment for each other,” said the caption on Mangoola Rural Fire Brigade’s Facebook page.
#6. This Instagram influencer who saved a baby kangaroo
Sam McGlone was putting out fires in his area when he spotted a baby kangaroo and scooped him up. “My family and I have spent the last 10 days fighting fires around our town Braidwood/South coast! Saving animals, houses anything we can!” he wrote on Instagram.
#7. This Facebook group dedicated to knitting and sewing mittens and pouches for injured and displaced animals
#8. A post office that turned into an animal rescue shelter in Cobargo
Despite losing their home in the fires, Kyle Moser and David Wilson set up a room at the back of their Cobargo post office to care for a kangaroo and two wallaby joeys. Read more here.
#9. The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre sending food to Aboriginal communities
Aboriginal communities in South East Coast are running out food b/c of #bushfires.
.@ASRC1 wanted to help so we just did a $3,000 on – line order of food to Aboriginal communities there. Please join us & order what you can. Below is how/what is needed and where to send it 👇 pic.twitter.com/nVYjqU25Zl
— Kon Karapanagiotidis (@Kon__K) January 5, 2020
#10. Some of the world’s biggest tennis players commit to donate for every ace they hit
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) January 2, 2020
Getting involved and donating $100 per ace I serve this summer. Also might pimp my wheelchair and put some monster truck wheels on so I can bang a few extras down. Thoughts? #AustralianFires
— Dylan Alcott (@DylanAlcott) January 3, 2020
#11. Cars have lined up in droves to donate to their local Foodbank
This photo was captured by Eliza Matheson in Melbourne:
A traffic jam to get into Foodbank.
People arriving on foot. People on bikes.
Families. Kids. Oldies.
Bags. Crates. Boxes.
Almost cry makes you want to cry. ❤ Australia pic.twitter.com/QFZcMoW1g3
— Andrew Mackenzie (@A_A_Mackenzie) January 5, 2020
#12. Local and international celebs making huge donations
Kicked off by comedian Celeste Barber who so far has raised $45 million, Pink and Nicole Kidman have since committed to donating $500k each, and Chris Hemsworth just announced he’ll be pitching in a casual $1 million.
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Hi everyone. Like you, I want to support the fight against the bushfires here in Australia. My family and I are contributing a million dollars. Hopefully you guys can chip in too. Every penny counts so whatever you can muster up is greatly appreciated. In my bio I’ve added links to support the fire fighters, organisations and charities who are working flat out to provide support and relief during this devastating and challenging time. Beyond appreciative to everyone around the world for their well wishes and donations. It really does make a difference, so dig deep! Love ya.
#13. This everyday hero who saved seven koalas from the bushfires
This is Patrick Boyle. Since the fire has passed through Mallacoota this amazing, selfless young guy has been out searching for injured wildlife. This is one of 7 #koalas he's saved so far. The world needs more Patrick's. #AustraliaOnFire pic.twitter.com/a2XjJKw90f
— Igor Radchenko (@igor_radd) January 5, 2020
#14. Playful Paws in Bairnsdale taking in doggos escaping the smoke and heat
These puppers have all been evacuated from the East Gippsland bushfires. They’ve come in stressed from smoke, heat and some of their owners have even lost their homes. This facility in Bairnsdale has taken them all in for free. @abcnews @abcmelbourne pic.twitter.com/c92X8exJuk
— Emilia Terzon (@EmiliaTerzon) January 3, 2020
#15. People offering their properties to bushfire victims and their pets
It all started with Erin Riley tweeting an offer of the paddocks behind her house to bushfire victims with animals, and eventually led to Erin setting up organisation, FindABed, which according to The Guardian has received offers of accommodation from more than 3,000 people.
Just repeating for anyone evacuating with animals: we have empty fenced paddocks available and we can house horses, etc indefinitely. Send me a DM if you need them. We’re in the Picton/Camden area SW of Sydney, not far from the Hume
— Erin Riley (@erinrileyau) December 31, 2019
Need a place to stay because of the #AustralianFires? Don't have anywhere to keep your pet? Have a bed to offer? Let us know and we'll do our best to connect you with someone that could use your help, or help you out. #NSWFires #VicFires #SouthCoastFires pic.twitter.com/Ru3PbXJ8wD
— Find A Bed (@findabedAU) January 3, 2020
#16. This truck driver who saved a koala and made a new friend
Water tanker driver Damian Campbell-Davys told the Sydney Morning Herald that he saw the koala emerge from a group of pine trees in Nerriga and ended up feeding the little guy water from his water bottle for over an hour. He reportedly named his new friend Tinny Arse.
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