International volunteers reinforce local teams as bushfire crisis continues
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Salvation Army volunteers continue to provide around-the-clock support to disaster-affected communities around the country.


Due to the incredible need around Australia, The Salvation Army has begun deploying rotating international and interstate teams to reinforce local volunteers. The first international support team from New Zealand arrived…

How Aussies are rallying to help as a record bushfire season hits
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WHILST Red Cross Australia volunteers help in evacuation and recovery centres, Australians have found inventive ways to raise funds to support people in times of disasters. Thank you to everyone who has generously given so far.

From punk rockers to rally car drivers to school…

Christmas lights shine to support families living with cancer
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SNOW in summer, a life-sized Santa Claus on a rocking chair, and a walk-through dome full of twinkling coloured lights are just some of the hundreds of decorations making a Christmas wonderland for Melbourne residents from Sunday, 1 December.

Mother-of-five, Rayleen Valkanis and her family,…

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Colin Billett is one of Vinnies volunteer members and Vice President of Vinnies’ St Mary Star of the Sea Conference in Milton-Ulladulla. For a couple of months now, Col has been helping his community to deal with life in a disaster zone. “There’s still people in shock. It’s going to take a long, long time for a lot of people to ever recover to what they would consider normality.” (Image Credit: Vinnies)
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The St Vincent de Paul Society continues to distribute funds received through the Vinnies Bushfire Appeal, which was established in response to the current, unprecedented bushfire season.

The St Vincent de Paul Society continues to distribute funds received through the Vinnies Bushfire Appeal, which was established in response to the current, unprecedented bushfire season.

To date a total of $13.7 million has been raised by generous Australians and from overseas donors and every cent raised is being spent on people affected by the fires. National President Claire Victory said the Society has dispatched $3.8 million so far from the Vinnies Bushfire Appeal, mostly as direct cash payments for bushfire-impacted households in NSW, Victoria, SA, Queensland and Canberra/Goulburn.

In addition, since the fires began in September 2019, large volumes of food, water, clothing, toiletries, bedding, and other essentials have been provided by Vinnies volunteers in their local communities.

On behalf of the Federal Government, the Society is distributing government Emergency Relief Funds to people in affected communities. In the past fortnight, the Society has distributed over $1.1 million nationally in monies to approximately 1,040 households.

Our volunteers continue to provide emotional and psychological support as well as financial and material support in the communities in which they work and live.

Assessing people and ensuring the right assistance is provided takes time.

The Society understands the public sentiment for funds to reach people as quickly as possible. As the fires continue an increasing number of people are waiting to receive financial support.

Our conferences in local communities across Australia are working with local people to bring relief as quickly as possible to as many communities affected by fires as they can.

We are here for the long term and will offer…


Veterans and farmers to trek Kokoda track for mental health
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UP to 12 Australian veterans and farmers are aiming to walk in the footsteps of Australian heroes to raise funds and awareness of post-traumatic stress syndrome and depression.

Matt Aldridge, a farmer from Seymour, is also the founder of The Coo-Wee Ride, a charity who…

Australian Gaming community asks: R U OK?
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R U OK? and Goto.Game are working together to inspire and empower Australian gamers to connect with the people around them and check in on each other in the build-up to R U OK? Day, September 12, 2019.

This year’s R U OK? Day…

Desperate times called for desperate measures: The Salvos
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GOING through food waste bins to find edible veggies for your kids. You wouldn’t think this really happens in Australia today, but that’s exactly what Luke had to do.

Luke and his wife have five children, one of whom needs full-time care because of her…