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In Focus: Fil-Australian Celebs Weigh In On How We Can Help Australia

In Focus: Fil-Australian Celebs Weigh In On How We Can Help Australia

We've all heard about what's been going on down under: millions of acres of land on fire, half a billion animals dead, 1,300 families evacuated from their homes—it's definitely worrying. And even if you might think that Australia's distance leaves us unaffected, this is still a problem that affects all of us on this little planet we call home, and many of our local celebrities have decided to weigh in on the issue.

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Model, TV host, and blogger Mari Jasmine posted right from the ground in Australia about the situation, and included a good list of organizations you could donate to:

Anne Curtis and Catriona Gray, who both call Australia home, have called for people to join them in prayer, and have also tagged the charities you can send support to in their posts.

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The other country I like to call home is burning. The devastation is heartbreaking and alarming. I was really praying for stronger rains to come and soothe the burning land but it looks like it’s going to be a sunny day here in Victoria and probably across the country. If you are like me, who wishes they could do more physically to lend a hand to the firemen, communities and animals but cannot... here are some accounts/sites you can visit to donate. A little goes a long way. So much love has been coming in from people locally and globally but the battle hasn’t ended and their is still so much do for communities, land and animals who have been affected by the monstrous bushfires. Let us pray for more rain across the country, temperatures to stay at a low, strength and high morale for the firemen and volunteers and for healing for all those affected 🙏🏼 @redcrossau @vinniesvictoria @cfavic @animalsaustralia @salvosau @wwf_australia

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Prayer warriors, please join me in praying for Australia. 🙏 Father God, I pray for Australia. I pray for rains that would come and dispel the fires that are raging. I pray for your protection over the land, all of its people, their families and wildlife. I pray for the volunteers, the firefighters, the servicemen who are putting their lives at risk every day. We ask for a mighty miracle Lord, in the name of Jesus Christ. AMEN. 🤍 Australia is in a state of emergency! For two months, we have seen unprecedented heat and catastrophic bushfires sweep across the nation, with today’s forecast to be the worst so far, and the fire season is only just beginning... The damage caused so far devastates me to my core: ⁣ ⁣ - 14.5 million acres of land has been lost. That’s six times more than the Amazon fires in 2019. ⁣ - Half a billion animals have been burnt alive, with fears some species of animals and natives have been wiped out completely. ⁣ - 20 people have died, more are missing and the death toll is estimated to rise. ⁣ - 8,000 koalas have died and are now declared “functionally extinct”.⁣ - 1,500 homes have been lost, with tens of thousands of people being evacuated and entire towns fleeing for shelter on the beach or boats.⁣⁣ - Canberra experienced the worst air quality in the world partly from a cloud of smoke as large as Europe.⁣ ⁣ We are experiencing a national crisis, and it is only going to get worse. Right now we need a miracle to stop these fires. Our firefighters are VOLUNTEERS, taking time off from their paying jobs to put their lives on the line for us. Please help & donate to these charities (LINK IN BIO) & if you can’t donate, please share this:⁣ ⁣ - @NSWRFS: to help the volunteer firefighters battling on the frontline. ⁣ - @WIRESWILDLIFERESCUE: to help the wildlife victims. ⁣ - @SALVOSAU: to help families & communities affected by the fires with food, resources, etc. ⁣

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Power couple Jericho Rosales and Kim Jones have compiled together a great list of places you could send your help too, as well, and there's also plenty of reading material and resources here to better understand what's happening. 

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A million thank yous to all who have shared and contributed to the resource sheet in my bio - that information is so helpful. Thank you to those who donated, who sent prayers. The fires are still burning this morning, some of them spanning over 300,000 ha and some of them still out of control. ⁣ ⁣ Please do whatever you can, share the information to whomever you can, donate whatever you can. We still need more financial aid to support the evacuees, animal welfare and rescue, emergency services and the volunteers risking their lives to try to control the uncontrollable. The winds are ferocious and dust storms are engulfing NSW.⁣ ⁣ If you can’t donate this morning, spend it reading!! Educating ourselves is the best way to inform our future decisions. I’m still building the resource sheet in the link in my bio if you’d like to know more - alternatively if anyone else can share with me more data + information, please do. ⁣ ⁣ Photos by @mattabbottphoto #australianbushfires #prayforaustralia

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Empathy is on my new year’s resolutions list. Sending help and prayers to Australia. No effort is too small. Copied link on how to help and get facts in my bio #Repost @kimcamjones ・・・ My first home, the country that I lived in for 22 years, some of them my most formative, has become an inferno. Australia is in the midst of a devastating climate catastrophe and its effects are felt nationwide and in neighbouring New Zealand. Roads are melting, residents and volunteer firefighters have lost their lives and the impact on flora and fauna is insurmountable. The Australian fire and rescue service is comprised of mainly UNPAID VOLUNTEERS - the govt only reluctantly allowing limited daily pay for their efforts. This catastrophe is a complete exposure of the government’s failure to act and fight climate change. ⁣ ⁣ 13 million acres affected ⁣ 500 million animals killed and more displaced ⁣ 1300+ homes have been destroyed ⁣ 8000 koalas (a third of the total koala population according to Federal Environmental Minister Sussan Ley) have perished⁣ 200 fires, 60 fires uncontrollable ⁣ Millions of Australians are impacted by air quality with readings of dangerous fine particulate pollution spiking accdg to Berkeley Earth and air quality standards by the US Environmental Protection agency.⁣ ⁣ A quote from @nytimes interview with Dr. Crystal A. Kolden is haunting for Australia and the globe. It is “a harbinger of what is to come.”⁣ ⁣ Donations can be made at:⁣ @nswrfs⁣ @wireswildliferescue⁣ @redcrossau⁣ @salvosau ⁣ ⁣ I’ve collated some resources and articles on a google document in my bio to learn more about the current crisis along with a list of organisations at which donations can be placed.

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To sum up, here are some of the places these all say you could donate to help out:

New South Wales Rural Fire Service

Australian Red Cross

New South Wales Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc. (WIRES)

If you can't donate, then don't sweat it, either. Kim Jones put it best: "Educating ourselves is the best way to inform our future decisions." Read up, do some research, and put what you'll learn to the test by using it to make sure that our only home's a brighter and better one for every one of us. 

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