• 10 Ways You Can Support Your Local Community

    November 13, 2019 • LIFE

    Give the gift of kindness – here are 10 ways you can support your local community today, and help communities, families and animals in need.

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    Donate to Your Local Rural Fire Service

    We are dealing with catastrophic fire conditions in Australia at the moment, with bushfires raging in New South Wales, Queensland, and many other areas around the country.

    Scientists and experts warn that Australia’s fire season is now longer and more intense due to the climate change emergency, so sadly we can only expect these kind of events to continue.

    Your local rural fire service needs your support now more than ever. If you are in a position to donate, contact your local fire brigade direct or support one of their community fundraisers if you see them out and about.

    You can support the New South Wales Rural Fire Service here >https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/volunteer/support-your-local-brigade

    Support Koala Rescue Projects

    Bush fires in New South Wales and Queensland have decimated phenomenal amounts of bush, which is home to threatened wildlife such as koalas. Near Port Macquarie alone, up to 350 koalas may have been killed in just a few tragic hours.

    This is devastating considering the Port Macquarie area has one of the most genetically diverse groups of koalas in Australia and is of enormous national significance.

    And this is on top of the fact Australia’s koala population is already under significant threat from chlamydia and habitat loss.

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    A volunteer searches burnt bushland south of Port Macquarie for injured koalas and wildlife. Credit: Nick Moir, The Sydney Morning Herald.

    Here are some ways you can help:

    Support the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital and its efforts to purchase and distribute automatic drinking stations to assist in ensuring koalas and wildlife that survived don’t now die from dehydration > https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-thirsty-koalas-devastated-by-recent-fires

    Report sick, injured, orphaned or dead koalas to your local koala rescue group immediately. 

    Find a NSW koala conservation group near you > https://koala.nsw.gov.au/help-nsw-koalas/

    If you are in Queensland, call 1300 ANIMAL  (1300 264 625).

    Biome donates all proceeds from our in-store gift wrapping initiative to the Ipswich Koala Protection Society.

    Support Greening Australia’s Reef Aid Program

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    To offset the environmental impact of sending a Biome parcel, we give to Greening Australia’s Reef Aid.

    After climate change, poor water quality is the greatest local threat to the future of the Great Barrier Reef. Every year, millions of tonnes of fine sediment flow from eroding land, choking fish and coral, creating algal blooms, feeding crown-of-thorns starfish and reducing the reef’s ability to recover from the impacts of climate change. Exacerbating the problem is the loss of over 50 per cent of our coastal wetlands which act like giant kidneys helping to filter the water before it enters the reef. To help stop sediment at its source, Greening Australia works with local landholders to rebuild eroding gullies and restore vital coastal wetlands.

    Our incredible Biome community supports this initiative every time you shop with us.

    You can learn more about Greening Australia’s Reef Aid Program herehttps://www.greeningaustralia.org.au/programs/reef-aid/

    Give to the Salvation Army

    The Salvation Army supports Australian communities in the midst of natural disasters as well as during the long recovery periods afterwards. They provide meals and emotional support to evacuees and frontline responders and are ready to provide support in other ways as disasters unfold too.

    Support the Salvation Army 2019 November Bushfires Disaster Appeal and others appeals here > https://www.salvationarmy.org.au/about-us/news-and-stories/disasters-other-appeals/

    Donate Items to People in Need Through Givit

    If you are not in a position to donate money, but do have useful household items available, you might like to consider donating them to a person, family or community in need through Givit.

    Items donated through Givit will help those affected by bushfires, drought, or who are experiencing financial hardship.

    To see items needed visit Givit herehttp://www.givit.org.au/items-needed

    Support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation

    The Indigenous Literacy Foundation aims to raise literacy levels in very remote indigenous communities through their Community Literacy Projects. Literacy levels in these communities are significantly lower than literacy levels in major cities.

    Working with more than 30 generous publishers, the foundation gifts culturally relevant books to schools, libraries, playgroups, women’s centres, youth centres and other service organisations, opening the doors to a world of opportunities and learning.

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    Many of these books are created by Indigenous authors and illustrators, and they are published in a range of Aboriginal languages, from Walmajarri in the Kimberley region, to Arabana in South Australia, to Kriol in the Katherine region.

    You can support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation herehttps://www.indigenousliteracyfoundation.org.au/

    Lend with Kiva

    Kiva is a non-profit organisation with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of micro-finance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.

    We even have a Biome Kiva Lending Team you can be part of here > https://www.kiva.org/team/green_economy_biome

    Give Blood through the Australian Red Cross

    This selfless act takes such a short amount of your time, and may end up saving the lives of many.

    And seriously, this is an amazing message to receive:

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    Book your appointment to give blood through the Australian Red Cross herehttps://www.donateblood.com.au/

    Participate in a Community Beach Clean Up

    Support your community clean up organisation to help remove litter from our environment, water ways and beaches.

    Surfrider, Take3ForTheSea, Keep Australia Beautiful and Clean Up Australia are all great charities to support.

    Another way to support these clean ups is to avoid single use plastics. Carry a reusable water bottle, pick up takeaway in a reusable container, switch to a reusable coffee cup, opt for a reusable shopping bag and decline a plastic straw.

    Watch our IGTV episode for more ideas:

     

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    Support the RSPCA

    The RSPCA helps improve the lives of Australian animals by working to prevent animal cruelty and promoting their care and protection.

    From standing up for ex-race horses, working closely with the farming sector, to saving the lives of dogs, cats and other animals subject to horrid, inhumane conditions, the RSPCA does incredible work around the country.

    Support RSPCA’s efforts herehttps://www.rspca.org.au/

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