Bron's just updated me on some other ways people are helping to support those affected by the fires. She says:
Borders are inviting customers to bring in secondhand or new books for donation. They will match the retail price of all books up to $200,000 which will go to the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal. All donated books will go to schools and libraries in fire affected areas
'Shout a beer' is a group of friends and contacts across Australia helping raise money for the Red Cross Bushfire Apeal, by engaging pub patrons to 'shout a beer' for those affected by the tragedy and donate money. you can read about it here
sportsdelivered.com have donated a whole bunch of official 2008 AFL Grand Final DVDs (go the mighty hawks!) which are available through the Hawks' website for only $9.95 - with all profits going to assist victims of the Victoria bushfires through Hawthorn's Victorian Bushfire Community Program Appeal - which is an initiative of the Hawthorn Football Club and will look at long term projects to help support rebuilding communities in fire affected areas.
AUSTRALIAN rock icon Jimmy Barnes, moved by the horrific turn of events in Victoria this past week, has opened his heart to bushfire victims by releasing a brand new album for worldwide download. Barnes, his label, publishers & Apple will all be donating 100 percent of their proceeds to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund. Importantly, the people who buy this album can rest assured that every single cent from the purchase of it will go to the bushfire appeal, Barnes said.
And a nice story my Mum told me this week: When I was a kid we lived next door to a lady whose family lost their home in the 1939 Victorian bushfires. She was six at the time and, along with all the other littlies affected, was given a little handmade dolly. Since then it has been so precious to her that she still has it today - 70 years later!!
I think its a gorgeous example of the power of the handmade, and the beautiful gift that everyone involved in handmade help is giving!