Australian Red Cross in support of wildfire victims

Susan Cullinan / Australian Red Cross
Tracy Ayrton, one of the Australian Red Cross volunteers, has helped wildfire victims in the evenings and weekends alongside her day job.
Image: Susan Cullinan / Australian Red Cross

The people of southeastern Australia have been plagued by wildfires in recent months.

Support the work of the Finnish Red Cross by donating to the Disaster Relief Fund
  • By texting the word ‘SPR’ to the number 16499 (€15 per text message)
  • By donating through MobilePay to the number 10900
  • By making a donation to the Finnish Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund account FI52 5000 0120 4156 73, please use the reference number 5186.

Fundraising permit: POL-2015-8798, granted on 30 November 2015

The vast and persistent wildfires have claimed lives and destroyed homes in several Australian states. People have been evacuated, and the air quality is very poor due to smoke. High temperatures, drought and winds have made the situation even worse.

The Australian Red Cross has helped people and communities affected by the fires by providing psychosocial support, maintaining evacuation centres, providing emergency relief, such as food and water, and helping people connect with their loved ones and family members, among other things.

Australian Red Cross volunteers and staff have helped thousands of people in dozens of evacuation centres around the country. The Australian Red Cross has so far not requested international assistance. For more information on the relief work, visit the Australian Red Cross website at https://www.redcross.org.au.

The Finnish Red Cross prepares for various catastrophes and crises at home and abroad by maintaining the Disaster Relief Fund. 

The funds of the Disaster Relief Fund are not committed in advance to any specific target. Therefore, the funds can be spent quickly where the need for aid is the greatest.