How to help (and not get overwhelmed by) the bushfire crisis

It’s hard not to be overwhelmed by the enormity of the bushfires raging across our country at the moment.

Every day brings new stories, new images, new heartbreak. And that’s just for those of us who are watching on from afar, from our safe and comfortable homes – for the people who are literally fighting for their lives, this is an unimaginable horror that will continue to have impacts for months and years to come.

Many lives have been lost already. With no rain on the horizon, the battle continues and it can be hard not to be overwhelmed by the enormity of it all.


As my kids splashed about in our pool over the weekend, enjoying the sunshine, I couldn’t help but feel guilty that we are all fine and just hours away, people are fending off walls of fire.

So what can we do?

The answer is… whatever we can.

Donate money, if you can.

I was speaking to a friend who recently lost her job. She has no money at the moment, but she donated $5 – this is truly a case where every little bit helps. A bunch of celebrities have made big donations to the fire services who are on the front line. Here’s a list of the services in desperate need of funding right now.

You can also donate stuff.

There are tonnes of really practical things that firefighters and those who have been impacted by the bushfires need – things like toothbrushes and soap and coffee and Powerade. Entrepreneur Lisa Messenger is updating her Instagram feed daily with drop-off addresses, locations and specific lists of needs, so pop onto her page for guidance.

If you’re not in a financial position to do anything, there are still other ways to contribute. This infographic shows some really powerful and positive ways you can make an impact at the moment.

This is a crisis. It’s harrowing and hard to celebrate and feel uplifted by anything else at the moment.

But in a crisis is when Aussies really know how to have each other’s back. Not just now, but next week, next month and in the months ahead as our nation rebuilds, we need to support each other as much as we can.

And regardless of whether or not you’re religious: pray for rain.