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Help those who need it this Australia Day

By McIvor Times

THIS Australia Day, Victorians are being asked to consider donating to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal to help struggling bushfire-affected communities across our state.

Many around the state will enjoy Australia Day with friends and family, but for far too many the day will instead be spent facing the threat of fires or focusing on the long process of recovery.

“I can think of nothing more Australian than helping out your mates when they’re going through tough times,” premier Daniel Andrews said.

“Whether it’s a dollar a snag, or a gold coin donation for six-and-out — we’re urging everyone to give where they can and help those who have been affected by these unprecedented fires.”

Established in partnership with the Bendigo Bank Community Enterprise Foundation, funds from the Victorian Bushfire Appeal will go towards practical support as bushfire-affected communities begin to rebuild and recover, with every dollar going to those who need it most.

“Recovery will take time. But thanks to the generosity of Victorians, we’ll be with these communities in the months and years to come,” Police and Emergency Services Minister Lisa Neville said.

That includes helping to meet the most urgent needs of local families — covering the cost of everything from a grocery shop to replacing school uniforms.

The appeal will also help address the most immediate priorities of communities, including the rescue and rehabilitation of local wildlife.

Victoria’s bushfires have already destroyed more than 1.4 million hectares and hundreds of buildings, displacing thousands of people and left many local families in desperate need of help.

Material including flyers and social graphics to support local fundraising efforts will be made available at vic.gov.au/bushfireappeal