As the bushfire crisis continues across Australia, it is incredible to see the power of the human spirit shine through.
Below is a list of initiatives from across the Illawarra that you can choose to donate to or support.
If you are organising any fundraisers or relief for firefighters and victims of the disaster, please submit your information via the form below.
We will do our best to also mention the below events on-air.
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A DIRECTORY OF INITIATIVES AND IF YOU HAVE ANY INQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACT THE EVENT ORGANISER DIRECTLY.
Back To School Packs
Jennifer Denham (0409876818) is collecting stationery and school supplies for children in fire impacted regions. Collection points are down by Woonona East and Corrimal Public Schools. For more information, click HERE!
Helpinghomes.com.au is a free website helping people who have some room to spare offer it to others who need a temporary place because of the ongoing bushfires. This “room” can be for singles, families, couples, or even non-humans… like pets or livestock, and can take the form of houses, units, caravans, paddocks, tent sites, etc.
Home Maid Residential Cleaning is donating $5 from every clean to the Rural Fire Service. Donations will be made for each clean until the bushfire crisis is over. For more information or to book, click HERE!
The purpose is to get people back into the devastated communities when they are ready, to spend money, support the local businesses, create a sense of community and give back to devastated towns and families. We will be linking with organisations, local tourists branches, road trippers, gray nomads and local councils to get people back into these areas.
The Trustee for NSW Rural Fire Service and Brigades Donation Fund
Tony Moussa, Director of Moussa Civil Pty Ltd, is offering a 2T Excavator and tipper truck free of charge to people affected by the fires on the South Coast. Please contact Tony on 0491223643.
Anyone who has been evacuated to Wollongong due to bushfires can get essentials like clothes, linen, and toys from the Green Connect Op Shop in Bellambi.
Teachers are joining together to help the community and wildlife. The Wheel is an educational marketplace for teachers and students to buy sell and share their knowledge and expertise. Everything across the store is 25% off with the code #thewheelappeal and 50% of sales being donated to both the Australian Red Cross and WIRES. Bonus donations when new members register an account or new resources are added to the site.
A fundraising page called "Donationery" is currently up and running hoping to gather much needed basic school supplies and donations for primary aged school children affected by the recent NSW fires along the South Coast. With your help and generosity, we could potentially supply over 200 bags needed to help these children and their families giving them one less thing to worry about.
Back To School
The IMAN FOUNDATION is raising funds to purchase items and then distribute them to fire-affected communities both in the Southern Highlands and South Coast. For more information, click HERE!
Two local Wollongong success stories, Director Drew Bailey and disability support service, Real Life Assistants, are teaming up to raise awareness for people with a disability while raising money for the local Rural Fire Service. The dynamic duo is partnering with the Greater Union Cinemas in Wollongong, to host the Illawarra premiere of the award-winning Australian movie, Standing up for Sunny, with all profits raised being donated to Austinmer Rural Fire Service.
Tommy Sawden Coaching will be collecting any old rugby gear, boots, socks, shirt, shorts, etc that people have outgrown or want to pass onto people affected by the bushfires down the South Coast.
Servo Benefit Night
On Sunday, 23rd February, join in on the festivities at the Servo in Port Kembla, as they raise funds for the local Illawarra fire brigades. Nine local bands will be performing on the night, with entry $15 on the door.
The line-up features...
Nunchukka Superfly (Syd)
Small Town Incident (Syd)
The Culture Industry