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.
Hansen Fitness is holding a Super Saturday workout on the 25th of January to raise much-needed funds for the Rural Fire Service and it's superhero volunteers. 100% of all money raised will be donated to the Rural Fire Service. Check out all the info and sign up HERE!
Yours & Owls, Farmer & The Owl and Rad Management band together to throw FIRE FUND, a bushfire fundraiser featuring one of the biggest fully Wollongong / south coast based line-ups ever: Hockey Dad, Tumbleweed, Dune Rats (DJ Set), Shining Bird, Totty & Maddy Jane at ‘Club Windang’ on January 24. Get your tickets HERE!
Funds raised will enable Anglicare to extend their emergency relief activities - providing clothing, counseling, food and financial assistance to bushfire affected communities. This can be through direct donations at the time of entry or entering and fundraising HERE! Make sure you register today!
Kiama and District Business Chamber with the support of Kiama Municipal Council, Destination Kiama and Kiama Leagues Club are hosting a FREE bushfire relief concert "Play it Forward" in Hindmarsh Park on Sunday 26th January.
Local band 19 Twenty (who recently supported Cold Chisel) will be playing along with a great line up of acts. Collections will be taken throughout the event with all funds raised going directly to South Coast communities affected by the recent bushfires. So come on Kiama! Get along to support this fantastic community event and lets all "Play it Forward"
Entry is FREE, with donation collection points throughout the venue.
Back To School Packs
Jennifer Denham (0409876818) is collecting stationary 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.
Players and coaches from the Dragons, Hawks and Wolves will convene on Monday, February 3 at Wollongong Golf Club to help raise funds for the NSW Rural Fire Service, Salvation Army Disaster Relief Appeal and Australian Wildlife Rescue (WIRES) following the recent bushfires that have devastated Australian communities. Entry for a four-man Ambrose team is $2000 and includes an afternoon of golf, cart hire, food and beverage package as well as a post-presentation event and the chance to mingle with all your favourite players across the three different codes that represent the Illawarra. Each of the 18 holes are also available to be sponsored at a cost of $1000.
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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.
Philanthropy Tribe Book Cafe
Philanthropy Tribe Book Cafe are hosting a family free event called 'Dance for Rain' where they are fundraising for the Mount Keira RFS to help with the Australian bushfire crisis.
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.
Miss Zoe's School of Dance is running a workshop day for children 5-17yrs to raise funds for the NSW RFS and WIRES. Friday 24th January 9:30am-3pm for only $50 (or $10/class). For more information, contact Zoe on 0407 921 054.
Ryan's Rocks for the Red Cross
With the current bushfire crisis, Ryan's Hotel Thirroul thought they would help out by getting the good vibes going & rocking for the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. They are throwing a FREE concert called 'Rock For Red Cross' on January 24, with the headliner being '19 Twenty'! Helping them is also Ruby Tuesdays, Mac Tango & Sketchy Fancy! There will be free entry, with donation buckets around the hotel.
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!
$2 from all burgers sold at SoCo Kitchen will be donated to the Australia Red Cross. This initiative will run from Wednesday 22nd January to Friday 24th January.
Bunnings Sausage Sizzle for the RFS
To help raise funds to support communities impacted by the devastating bushfires, Bunnings stores across Australia and New Zealand will run sausage sizzles on Friday January 24 from 9am until 4pm. Every cent raised will go to the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund which supports people in times of disaster and recovery.