We thank the people of Papua New Guinea for your thoughts, prayers and expressions of concern about those affected by the bush fires in Australia. We are deeply touched and grateful for the contributions that organisations and individuals are making to assist Australian communities and wildlife in this difficult time.
We have had a number of people asking how they can help with the fire response and recovery. Information on how you can help is provided below. Thank you all again; our thoughts are with everyone affected by the fires. Advice on travel to Australia is also provided.
How to Help:
For those who wish to make online donations, organisations supporting communities impacted by the fires include:
Australian Red Cross
The Salvation Army
NSW Rural Fire Service
Country Fire Association of Victoria
South Australian Country Fire Service
WIRES (injured animals)
For those who wish to make cash donations, PNG organisations with Australian partners include:
- Caritas Papua New Guinea have set up an account at the Westpac Waigani branch to receive cash donations. People who make donations are encouraged to send copies of deposit slips and their contact details.
Donations will support work being undertaken by Caritas Australia, the Salvation Army, and St Vincent de Paul in Australia. Caritas PNG can be contacted on 3259577.
- The PNG Red Cross Society are collecting contributions at their office at Peturu Street, 3 Mile on behalf of the Australian Red Cross.
Donations will support the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery fund. PNG Red Cross can be contacted on 3257016 or 3258579.
- The Papua New Guinea Australia Alumni Association have set up a BSP bank account to receive cash donations. Details on their Facebook page. Contributions can also be made at https://pngaaa.360alumni.com/…/…/australia-bush-fire-appeal/
Donations will go towards the New South Wales Rural Fire Service and the Victorian Government Bushfire Appeal.
We encourage travellers to monitor your government’s overseas travel advisories regarding travel to Australia.
It is also advised to monitor the ABC News website (www.abc.net.au), which has links to relevant state fire and emergency authorities. Travellers should follow the instructions of these authorities.