There are a lot of groups and organisations in Australia who are doing their part right now to help people and animals affected by the bushfires.
These organisations include the fire fighting services in different states; charities supporting displaced people and those who have lost homes; and large numbers helping injured animals and wildlife with no food or water and nowhere to live. All of the individuals/groups/organisations involved have really important roles to play.
If you would like to make a donation, but aren't sure who to donate to, we would be happy to distribute donations on your behalf to a variety of organisations who are helping in different ways to alleviate the suffering caused by the fires.
This will include supporting Buddhist groups that have been affected, including the nuns and monks who have been evacuated from monasteries, and to assist those who have experienced the destruction of property. https://tricycle.org/trikedaily/australia-fire-fundraiser/ If you already have a particular group or charity in mind, we would invite you to donate directly to them. If you are in Australia and would like to make a tax deductible donation, please donate directly to your charity/charities of choice. We are collecting funds and passing them on and cannot provide receipts for tax deduction purposes.
Thank you so much, Helen Richardson & Jack Wicks, on behalf of the Sakyadhita Australia Association of Buddhist Women https://www.sakyadhitaoz.org/
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With thanks to the Sydney Morning Herald and ABC News for photos.