Volunteer foster carers needed to help injured wildlife like Leafy the koala

Healesville Sanctuary is appealing for volunteer foster carers to look after injured animals from the bushfire crisis. Vets and sanctuaries are at full capacity and grants are now available for foster carers to assist with the rehabilitation of animals. Read the full article at https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/volunteer-foster-carers-needed-to-help-injured-wildlife-like-leafy-the-koala-20200115-p53rso.html For more information about eligibility…

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Tens of thousands rush to become volunteer firefighters amid bushfires

The RFS received over 25,000 enquiries since the beginning of the bushfire season, compared to the 4,000 application they usually receive. Country Fire Authority (CFA Victoria) also experienced a significant increase in expressions of interest. The challenge for firefighting volunteer organisations is the time it takes the increase in enquiries…

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Bushfire response: Do Australian NFPs have a trust problem?

ntegrity has seen the negative impact of scepticism on NFPs bottom line. As much as millions have contributed to bushfire fundraising efforts, trust is still a significant issue. Source: 2017 ACNC Report Richenda Vermeulen, founder and CEO of ntegrity, has identified six elements that Australian NFP's need to build trust…

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Holidaying in a disaster zone isn’t as crazy as it might seem

"Volunteer tourism" can help communities recover from natural disasters, and it can allow a unique experience and be just the ticket for volunteers. The Conversation examined Nepal in the wake of the 2015 earthquake that killed nearly 9,000. The efforts from volunteer tourists have been remarkable as shown by their…

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Fake news, social media and bushfires

Social media has been used to spread misinformation through fake news, out-of-date photos, inaccurate maps and fake fundraising websites at the peak of bushfire emergencies. Facebook and Twitter give users the option to flag misleading content and information. Below are some photoshopped or altered images shared and re-tweeted by the…

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How are Aussie charities helping in the bushfire crisis?

Australian charities have been doing what they can to help the bushfire crisis by working hard to fundraise, help wildlife and deliver food to volunteers and those who have lost their homes.  Take a look at some of the charities who have been involved in supporting affected communities. Australian Red…

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