Whether it's volunteering to fight fires or offering a spare room for a stranger, Australians have come together to aid and support those who have lost everything.
Everyone deserves a place they can feel safe and at home in.
Our volunteers at Find A Bed have connected people with safe accommodation while evacuating and in the immediate aftermath of home losses. The next step is making sure people have the resources to rebuild their lives.
We’re raising funds so that we can support people affected by the bushfires, in ways that go beyond putting a roof over their heads. We’ve identified people who need more than just a place to stay, in order to truly start rebuilding these lives.
We will use this money exclusively to help people who have reached out to us, such as:
- A family with five kids under 14 who lost their home, and all their possessions. We’ve helped them find them a new home - now we just need to furnish it. We’re also crowdsourcing new books, musical instruments, fishing rods and toys to replace some of the precious items lost - so that they can get on with the business of being kids.
- A 104 year old woman who lost her home in North Rosedale. Funds can help cover some of the costs of the move to a new place in Moruya near her family, and ensure her new home is accessible and meets all her needs.
- The hundreds of Australians who have contacted us-- those made homeless by the fires, those who have houses but no power, those who have lost businesses and need equipment or transport to get back on their feet.
We've already placed over 250 people impacted by the fires in safe accommodation - and it's all because of the thousands of Australians who've stepped up to volunteer their homes.
On top of that - this amazing community has sourced generators from local businesses, delivered masks and vital resources to those who need them, and taken a caravan from the Sunshine Coast to Mogo so that an Aboriginal elder whose home was burnt could stay on country. We’ve made sure pets can stay with their people. This community is so powerful.
Together, let's help Australians affected by these bushfires rebuild. We’ll be posting the receipts from our purchases over on our website for transparency.
We haven’t really asked for cash until now but we’re at the point that we’re asking for money so that we can get families what they need, when they need it without putting the burden on them to deal with logistics. We will endeavour to spend the money on local businesses in fire-affected areas. Because that's what this community needs right now.
Funds will be drawn by Erin Riley, co-founder of Find-A-Bed. It will go into an account in Erin's name that is specifically set aside for Find A Bed activities while we are in the process of setting up as an entity (we can't open a bank account as Find A Bed until after our first board meeting). The Find A Bed management team have oversight of all money spent on the account.
All money will be spent directly to help those who have been affected by bushfires. Receipts will be posted on the Find A Bed Website. Any overheads will be covered by other, specific donations, not through money raised by the Fund A Bed campaign.
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