Coming back from the Christmas and New Year break we have heard heartbreaking stories of colleagues, friends, families and those from the communities we work in losing homes and livelihoods by the bushfires ravishing our country. Almost everyone has been touched in some way. There are still close to 200 fires still burning in New South Wales and Victoria.
So as individuals we feel it's important to be part of the international effort to raise money for organisations supporting bushfire affected communities and wildlife.
We're choosing to give financial support to both firefighters and the wildlife rescue groups, and 100% of the funds raised in this campaign be split evenly between two organisations (transferred by bank transfer from Civica) - Wildlife Victoria and NSW Rural Fire Services.
Millions of animals are dead and many more will die as a result of these bushfires. Native wildlife and agricultural livestock are among the fatalities, with already-endangered species at greater risk of extinction. In NSW alone more than 480 million animals, mammals, birds, reptiles, have been killed since September, and on Kangaroo Island off the coast of SA, thousands of koalas, kangaroos and other animals were killed in the recent fire that burned through one-third of the island.
Our firefighters and other personnel including medical staff, the military and community volunteers have been working tirelessly and relentlessly throughout the past few months, and in the last few weeks in particular, and there is still a massive amount of work required.
So please donate anything you can, it all helps.
Many thanks and our thoughts are with all of you affected.
The Civica team in Australia ❤