Governor’s patronage organisations – How you can support bushfire relief efforts

The Governor and Ms Annus are keen to support the Governor’s patronage organisations that are helping with bushfire relief and recovery efforts both in Western Australia, and in the eastern states.

Red Cross at Government House

Red Cross volunteers will be collecting cash donations for Red Cross’ Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund during our weekly ‘Lunchtimes in the Grounds’ opening hours today and tomorrow (Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th January).

If you’re in the Perth CBD come and show your support between 12-2pm! As normal, you are invited to take a stroll around the Gardens or bring a picnic lunch to enjoy.

Volunteers will be in red and stationed at the gates on St George’s Terrace (next to the Perth Concert Hall) and Terrace Road (opposite the Perth Concert Hall public car park).

The Grounds of Government House are open to the public every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between 12 noon and 2pm.

The following organisations are coordinating local and national donations:

Australian Red Cross (WA)

A donation to Red Cross’ Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund will help people prepare for, cope with and recover from disasters. Donations to the fund have already powered Red Cross’ nationwide response to the bushfires since they began in September.

Responding to the unfolding disaster, Red Cross teams have been in evacuation and relief centres across the country, providing psychological first aid, and in some cases other essentials such as food, water and relief items.

For more information and to donate online: www.redcross.org.au

Woman smiles at camera at table of groceries

A Red Cross volunteer with donated goods. (Image credit: Red Cross Australia)

RSPCA WA

Over the past weeks, animals in WA and communities in New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia have been killed and injured in bushfires.

If you would like to donate to help animals affected by the bushfires, you can do so via RSPCA WA.

RSPCA WA will distribute these donations to the RSPCA societies in other states on your behalf and in our State where it’s needed.

Follow this link to make a donation to the RSPCA WA Bushfire Appeal

Foodbank WA

As a trusted organisation forming part of the official emergency response network, Foodbank is acting as a conduit for the generosity of the food and grocery sector and the general public who are keen to assist with essential supplies to stricken areas.

Foodbank have prioritised help through the following ways:

  • Donate funds

For every $1, Foodbank will provide $6 worth of supplies to affected communities thanks to partnerships with the food and grocery sector. This allows Foodbank to purchase specific food and necessary items in the quantities needed without introducing unnecessary transport and storage costs and in the most efficient manner.

Follow this link to make a donation

  • Donate food and groceries (non-perishable or breakable)

While preference is for funds, Foodbank still welcome donations of non-perishable food and other essential grocery items at warehouses around Australia.

Items in high demand:

  • Bottled Water
  • Breakfast Cereal
  • UHT Milk
  • Meal Bases
  • Canned Meals
  • Canned Fish
  • Canned Fruit & Veg
  • Noodles
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Grab-and-go snacks eg muesli bars
  • Baby supplies eg nappies
  • Toothpaste and brushes
  • Fem hygiene supplies
  • Laundry and cleaning products
  • Pet food (tinned or dry)

Follow this link to find out where WA warehouses are located

Staying safe

‘Emergency +’ app

The WA Parks Foundation recently promoted the free, national ‘Emergency +’ app.

Developed by Australia’s emergency services and their Government and industry partners, the app helps people to decide when to call 000 and assists the caller to dial the right number in non-emergency situations anywhere in Australia.

The app uses a mobile phone’s GPS functionality so callers can provide emergency call-takers with their location information as determined by their smart phone.

Visit the WA Parks Foundation website for more information and instructions on how to download the app.

Emergency WA

For comprehensive bushfire warnings and advice, always refer to the Emergency WA website (external link), coordinated by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.

The Governor is proud to be Patron of Red Cross WA, RSPCA WA, Foodbank WA and the WA Parks Foundation

 

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