Like everyone else in Victoria we are in a state of shock and sadness after the fires. A number of friends and members have been hit badly, some have lost their homes or had their properties burnt. A number of others had close calls and days of tension as they waited for the fires to move through their area.
We extend our thoughts, our empathy and our solidarity to all those affected by this week's bushfires. The loss of life, habitat and property is tragic and will impact on our state for years to come.
In the longer term, we will all need to support communities as they rebuild. In the meantime, if you can, the most useful thing we can do is donate some money to the various appeals that are going on: http://www.redcross.org.au/vic/services_emergencyservices_victorian-bush...
or call 1800 811 700
Of course, the toll on landscapes and animals has been horrendous. To support Wildlife Victoria, see www.wildlifevictoria.org.au
For injured animals contact 1300 094 535 (13 000 WILDLIFE) 24 hours.
For information on animals affected by fires, as well as how to help them in theforthcoming hot weather, please check here.
We hope that, wherever you are, you, your friends and families are safe.