With bushfires devastating communities across Australia your help is needed. Please donate now.
Update January 10, 2020
Faced with strong, gusty winds, authorities urged nearly a quarter of a million people to evacuate as Australian communities braced for more erratic conditions going into the weekend.
At least 27 people have lost their lives while others remain missing. Over 2000 homes have been lost in New South Wales (NSW) alone. Victoria remains ablaze, with 36 fires burning.
The toll on Australian wildlife has been staggering. An estimated 1 billion animals have been killed or injured, potentially destroying ecosystems and livestock herds.
Yet throughout the crisis, stirring evidence of the resilience and fortitude of Australians has been everywhere apparent, as has the compassion and support of concerned people in Australia and abroad.
Over $495,000 has been raised by Microsoft News readers in Australia and overseas, money which goes directly to the communities that our firefighters - with so many volunteers among them - are bravely striving to protect.
Your continued generosity will have a real impact. By giving you will help:
- Australian Red Cross
- St Vincent De Paul Society NSW
- The Salvation Army Bushfire Appeal
Please note: Donors will receive a donation acknowledgment for this gift, not an official tax receipt. Learn More.