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Giving continues to ease suffering

Monday, 20th January, 2020

Nola Carney, Pam Tosh, Chris Smith and Barb Zammit set up a cake stall at Coles supermarket on Saturday morning to help raise funds for wildlife devastated by the nation’s bushfires. PICTURE: Michael Murphy Nola Carney, Pam Tosh, Chris Smith and Barb Zammit set up a cake stall at Coles supermarket on Saturday morning to help raise funds for wildlife devastated by the nation’s bushfires. PICTURE: Michael Murphy

By Michael Murphy

People from around the world continue to open up their hearts and wallets to those impacted by the Australian bushfires.

Some of the images captured during the tortuous summer will be etched in the minds of many for years to come, especially pictures of animals killed in the fires, or worse, those animals still struggling to stay alive.

In one heart-breaking photograph taken on Kangaroo Island, a koala appears to weep while another lays dead nearby.

“The wildlife death toll is so high that those who survive are living among the dead,” Humane Society International said on social media.

“The survivors have little to no energy reserves left and we are finding them sitting on the ground totally shut down - all too often with other corpses nearby.”

Broken Hill residents continue to dig deep for those impacted by the bushfires, especially the wildlife.

A cakestall at Coles supermarket on Saturday has been labelled a success by organiser Chrissy Smith. They sold just over $807.90 worth of goods at the stall, and received $430 in cash donations.

Chrissy thanked those who helped make the event a success: Marg Zammit, Nola Carnie, Helen Bergman, Pam Tosh, Vickie Visser, Marie Stacey, Julie Elliott and the many people who donated money.

“I’d also like to thank Josh and Coles for letting us have a cake stall, and a very big thank you to Broken Hill,” she said.

In other news, the NSW Government announced on Saturday that it was partnering with not-for-profit organisation GIVIT to ensure goods and services donated by the public reach people who need them most.

“The generosity of Australians and their willingness to lend a hand is truly inspiring, and I have heard so many amazing stories about communities collecting goods and people driving them hundreds of kilometres to bush fire affected areas,” said Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for Disaster Recovery, John Barilaro.

“While we welcome every bit of help we can get, the sheer volume of the hundreds of thousands of donated goods is posing logistical challenges,” he said.

“We are asking people who want to donate goods and services to do so via GIVIT, which will capture donation pledges online and ensure items that are required reach the people who need them most.”

For more information, go to www.givit.org.au

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