We cannot continue to write about beautiful things without acknowledging the terrible tragedy that has befallen our southern cousins. Our hearts go out to them, their families and friends, and all who have been touched by this catastrophe.
As you are no doubt aware, Australia has experienced a tragic disaster in the form of bushfires. Many lives have been lost (at present count 181) (source:Sydney Morning Herald) and even more property has been destroyed.
People have lost everything. You can find out more about how you can help by going to the City of Melbourne’s emergency relief site here. As well as monetary donations, you could help by donating clothing, toys and blankets, household items or your time. These victims need to start from scratch, so please help out however you can.
There has been a huge response from the community- please check before you donate goods that the charities can cope with the distribution of the goods first.
Please be aware that there have been scammers trying to take advantage of this tragedy. Please make sure that you verify where you are donating before you do so, so that the money goes where you intend it to.