Utter devastation faces this couple. They lost everything.

In recent months, the bushfire crisis has left many people disadvantaged and traumatised. It’s almost unbelievable to see TV news footage of our beautiful towns and villages wiped out by ferocious and dangerous fires now just in New South Wales, but in other states as well.

The media is calling this a ‘marathon crisis’ – which is correct. Almost 2,000 homes destroyed and at least 25 people died. Millions of animals have perished since September. The unprecedented bushfire season has been fuelled by record temperatures and widespread drought.Some rain did fall in NSW and Victoria but officials have warned blazes will “take off” again.

The ‘Sounds of Macarthur’ 100.3FM is partnering with The Salvation Army Disaster Appeal encouraging you to donate directly to The Salvos with cash donations. Their emergency teams have been providing food and welfare assistance to evacuees and frontline responders. Crucial support is given quickly and, more importantly, where it’s needed.

You can also donate at any Woolworths checkout or online at www.salvationarmy.org.au and follow the prompts. Or phone 13 72 58.

Firefighters put their lives on the line

The Salvation Army $3 million target as NSW declared a state of emergency

The Salvation Army has launched a Disaster Appeal to support communities affected by the devastating bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland.

The Disaster Appeal will position the Salvos to help beyond the current support of evacuees and emergency personnel and into the sustained effort required through recovery and rebuilding phases.

Salvation Army spokesperson Major Bruce Harmer said the Salvos have deployed relief teams to provide food and water, along with emotional and practical support, to emergency services personnel and displaced people as they arrive at evacuation centres.

The Salvation Army is already preparing for the recovery phase of this disaster,” Major Harmer said. “We know from experience many of those displaced by the fires are going to need us for many months or years ahead. We are committed to standing alongside these communities for as long as it takes to get them back on their feet.”

Salvation Army Emergency Services (SAES) teams are active across 12 evacuation centres through NSW and Queensland, with another evacuation centre being established today in Lismore, northern NSW. SAES teams are on standby in other areas, ready to set up as required.

“What is unfolding across New South Wales and Queensland is unprecedented,” Major Harmer said. “So, I appeal to the Australian community for an unprecedented response to our disaster appeal. These communities are going to need unprecedented support and we’ll be there to support them for the long haul. Australians are well known for standing together in times of hardship. Now is such a time.”

“Having spoken to many displaced people, it’s very apparent how emotionally they are spent. Many have no idea of the state of their properties and are under the pressure of uncertainty for today, let alone tomorrow and the months ahead.”

The Disaster Appeal has been bolstered by Woolworths’ $500,000 donation as part of its S.T.A.N.D (Support Through Australian Natural Disasters) partnership with The Salvation Army. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has also announced a $50,000 donation to the appeal on behalf of the State Government.

To donate to The Salvation Army Disaster Appeal, go to salvationarmy.org.au, call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or donate at any Woolworths checkout. (During times of need The Salvation Army is inundated with public generosity, however, our teams on the front line are requesting cash donations as they allow us to provide immediate assistance to the community).