What Apaches Can Do to Help the People and Animals in Australia


Emily Banuelos, Staff Writer

Australian brush fires continue to burn with more than 480 million animals dead and at least 28 people killed. Thousands of homes have been destroyed, leaving many with no place to go and others desperately needing to evacuate. The fires are also showing no signs of stopping anytime soon. According to CNN, “The Australian state of New South Wales, where both Sydney and Canberra are located, declared a state of emergency this week, as worsening weather conditions could lead to even greater fire danger.” These fires are, said by climate scientist Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick, to be started from climate change.

Sophomore Jasmine Adhoot states, “We need to do something to help these poor animals and people get their country back. It’s not fair that their homes are being taken away and not everyone is doing what they can to help them.” 

Junior Noah Jafari agrees with Adhoot, “It’s difficult to see how families are having to leave their homes and their life behind in order to escape the fires.”

Fortunately, there are numerous ways one can help in these difficult times. Our own clubs on campus can come together and each run different drives to support Australia. Ways we, Apacheś can help are but not limited to collecting, clothing, food, hygiene products, blankets, and monetary donations. These donations can be sent to nonprofit organizations in Australia such as Australia’s Red Cross Disaster Relief, Salvation Army Australia and GIVIT. Similarly, Austrialianś citizens are being encouraged to help by hosting evacuees in their home. 

Freshman Zayla Galeano adds, “Donations do more than you know, they not only contribute to the people who are giving their time to help others in the disaster but also ease the trauma for the victims in the fires by providing mental support.” Trauma is not only affecting victims of the fire but also for those who witness the catastrophe. Additionally, four firefighters have heroically died. To give back to all the firefighters who continue to risk their lives for the people and wildlife of Australia, you can make direct donations to organizations that provide aid for their families such as The Country Fire Service in South Australia, Rural Fire Bridges Association, Country Fire Authority, and New South Wales Rural Fire Service. Hosting a fundraiser can contribute greatly too, for example, selling candy or snacks for cheap prices and donating the money you collect back to charity will help Australia.

Native animals of Australia, are equally in danger. To help sick and injured native animals like koalas and kangaroos, one can donate to World Wildlife Fund Australia, WIRES, Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, and RSPCA New South Wales. These organizations are also assisting in rescuing, evacuating and caring for threatened wildlife to ensure the survival of the species. 

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