Clubs Queensland Bushfire Appeal -  Operation Phoenix
 
The Queensland bushfires are continuing to devastate communities, with a range of warnings remaining across the state. The catastrophic fires have been compared to the “Black Saturday bushfires” that ignited Victoria in 2009 and were one of Australia’s all-time worst bushfire disasters. Authorities believe that at least 300 homes have been destroyed since early November across Queensland and NSW, and the death toll is currently at 4 lives. 
 
There are currently more than 70 fires burning across Queensland, and it is not over yet. This may be the most dangerous bushfire season we have ever seen, and emergency services are struggling to keep up with the scale and ferocity of the bushfires. Most organisations, including firefighters, charities and animal rescue groups, have issued public pleas for financial donations to help them meet the varying needs of victims. 
 
Through Operation Phoenix, Clubs Queensland is uniting the Queensland community clubs to assist communities and families affected by relentless bushfires that continue to ravage the state. We must support these devastated communities as they arise from the ashes, just like a phoenix, and rebuild their lives.
 
Operation Phoenix will run right up until 21 December 2019, giving clubs plenty of time to raise money to support affected communities.
 
Donate directly to a charity!
 

To assist clubs make their donations, Clubs Queensland has collated a list of charities that are currently battling working either directly with communities and families affected by the Queensland fires, fire brigades and of course, animals.
 
Queensland Rural Fire Brigades 
 
Keen to support the volunteers on the frontline? You can donate to your local Rural Fire Service by contacting your local brigade directly. Click here
 
The Australian Red Cross
 
The Australian Red Cross is supporting communities affected by fires in NSW, QLD. 
 
“Our specialist emergency volunteers are providing psychological first aid, working at evacuation centres and helping people to get in touch with their loves ones,” Red Cross says.  Click here
 
GIVIT
 
If you don’t have much spare cash but do have useful household items to donate to those affected by the fires, GIVIT might be the place to go.
 
The Queensland Government has partnered with the fundraising platform and is encouraging people to donate funds or specific items requested by residents. Click here
 
St Vincent de Paul
 
Donations to  Vinnies QLD for bushfire relief could be make via their Always There Appeal.
 
St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland has a large number of volunteers are on the ground in Noosa and Yeppoon, providing support in evacuation centres.
 
You can donate by phoning 13 18 12 or Click here
 
Wildcare Australia
 
WILDCARE is a voluntary organisation that relies on community support to continue to operate their emergency telephone service and to provide financial assistance to volunteer wildlife rehabilitators. Their telephone service receives approximately 10,000 calls a year! Click here
 
What can your club do to help? 
 
Please consider getting your club involved and donating to any of these charities. We have provided some fundraising ideas you may wish to implement:
  • Hold a raffle
  • Donate the profits from a specific meal, drink or special
  • Have a donations tin available
  • Offer patrons the option to round up the price of their meal/drinks etc and donate the balance
  • Create a donations bin for non-perishables only

Thank you for your assistance. Any help is appreciated.
 
Collateral:
 
To assist your club promote your event, Clubs Queensland has prepared a range of posters, social media posts etc that you can download and use. 

Tell us about it!
 
Importantly, send your fundraising promotion details to Clubs Queensland and we will post up on the Clubs Queensland and My Community Club pages! Send to laura@clubsqld.com.au
 
Need more information?
 
If you need more information, please contact Laura Bos, Communications & Government Relations Manager, Clubs Queensland on 07 3252 0770 or laura@clubsqld.com.au