Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Victorian bushfires - ways to help

I find myself wandering aimlessly about the house today, unable to focus on anything as my mind keeps returning to reports of the horrific loss of life in the Victorian bushfires. Authorities are saying the most immediate way of helping is to contribute financially and to give blood. There is also desperate need for spare generators and fuel. Red Cross is adamant that 'items' not be donated purely because distribution is logistically difficult at this stage.
For stitchers keen to help, there are many plans afoot amongst the wonderfully generous Australian blogging community:
  • Melly & Rosie of Melly & Me are auctioning many of their beautifully handcrafted samples here, the total proceeds of which will be donated to the Bushfire Appeal.
  • Gillian of Silly Gilly is offering to coordinate a combined auction of handmade items on Ebay on Friday 6th March. Details here.
  • Cindy of bugandpop has set up a blog called Handmade Help which will list handmade items being auctioned on Ebay or sold through Etsy for the Appeal. Click on the Handmade Help button to the right to take you there directly.
  • Janet of Wildcraft Farm is selling stitchery patterns & kits, the entire proceeds of which will be donated to the CFA (Country Fire Authority. Details here.
Thank you for your kind concern for me & my family expressed in your comments. How lovely you all are! I am many hours from the fires, but the smoky haze when I go outside is a constant reminder of the suffering further south.


  1. I am offering an incentive for people to donate to the bushfire appeal. All donations of $10 or more will receive a complimentary CD. For further details please visit http://www.musicferret.com/

  2. I know exactly what you are saying Bloom.....keep safe my friend.

  3. I know how you feel. My daughters are away and I was meant to get through stavks of sewing but am not even half way through one bag. I just keep coming back to the net for updates and I think we are all feeling physically depressed because of it. On a helpful note beyond pink is co-ordinating rainbow packs for littlies to distract them in the weeks to come and we can also make things for that. Cherrie

  4. My heart goes out to you, and your nation. There is a Flickr group that just started today to make quilt blocks, for quilts.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you <3<3<3


  5. I hope you, your family and friends stay safe.

  6. A shop has been set up on Etsy to help. Go to: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6902734
    One can donate items, or make a purchase.
    Australia is in all of our hearts here in the states.

  7. I will admit to some panic when I first read the news of the bushfires in your beautiful country. I went madly from one Australian blog to the next on my favourites list - holding my breath that I would find each and every one of you alright. The thing is, I know you don't have to be right in the tragedy to feel its affects.
    Thinking of you and your countrymen. My heart is with you.

  8. Thanks so much for helping to spread the word of Handmade help. It really is appreciated.


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