Illustration: Melina Illustrates
Coming back to news and social media coverage of the fires in our beautiful country after Christmas has made for a very overwhelming and emotional week.
Especially being so far from the east coast, thoughts of “how can I help?” have been on my mind over the last weeks. And I know you’ve been thinking this too. Everyone we speak with feels broken hearted, devastated and at a loss to what to do.
There’s already been so many statistics, updates and sad moments shared that we wanted this to be a proactive post.
How can I truly make a difference?
I’m not much of a knitter (and my sewing skills need some *major* improvement – you can ask Nick about this one day 😬). Otherwise I’d be there helping to make joey pouches and blankets for our rescued wildlife.
So how are we contributing?
We will be donating part of our profits for January to the Red Cross and World Wide Fund for Nature, Australia. Both charities have a national focus and are sending resources and support to the places that need them. Our teachers are also joining our efforts and making contributions of their own to charities close to their hearts.
We’ll have Mala t-shirts available for purchase at the studio, with 50% from each sale going to our chosen charities.
We’re also contributing our services to the newly established Freo Fire Fund. This fund has been set up by a group of Fremantle community members in collaboration with Fremantle Foundation to collaborate, share skills and resources and raise money for fire-affected communities.
Here’s a list of ways you can help too.
Other ways to assist
It’s My Shout – if you can’t head to East Gippsland to support local businesses, you can buy a virtual coffee or pint online.
Foodbank – donate food or volunteer
Animal Rescue Craft Guild – donate your crafty skills
Attend fundraising events – there are many events happening locally that you can participate in to show your support. We’ll be sharing some of these on our Facebook page.
And be there for each other. Listen and talk to each other. Hug. Find your safe place where you can process your emotions and thoughts. Allow yourself time to become calm, grounded and centered so you can take the next step forward with clarity and purpose.
We’re here for you. Sending love to everyone ❤️