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Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

The tally to date from our Winnipeg fundraiser for the Australian bushfires on February 22 is more than $18,000.

Financial donations are still coming in, and if you would like to contribute, contact us at or (204) 228-9959. All donations $20 or more will get a tax receipt from the Canadian Red Cross, with those monies going directly to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.

And be sure to follow us on Facebook for updates and photos, and special shout outs to our very generous supporters.

On behalf of the people of Australia, thank you to everyone who donated prizes (including from Calgary and down under), attended the event, purchased tickets, and sent in monetary donations.

Way to go, Winnipeg!

Photo: Corinne Napper.

Winnipeg Fundraiser for the Australian Bushfires — We Are SOLD OUT!

THANK YOU, Winnipeg, for your generous support of our bushfires fundraiser.

We are SOLD OUT, and tickets will NOT be available at the door.

If you would still like to help, we are accepting donations. Any amount is welcome, but donations of $20 or more will get a tax receipt from the Canadian Red Cross for monies sent to the Australian Red Cross Disaster and Relief Recovery Fund. To make a donation, contact Peter Debenham at 204-955-0393.

The devastating bushfires in Australia are continuing to take an almost unimaginable toll on that country. At least 34 people have died, livelihoods have been lost, countless native animals and livestock populations have been decimated, and millions of hectares of land have been burned beyond recognition. Continue reading

How you can help

Thank you to Jacqueline Cassel-Cramer for the idea and the Australian High Commission in Ottawa for this list of some of the main organisations supporting communities impacted by the fires. If you want to make a donation, please click on the link provided and contact these organisations directly:

Tax-deductable donations can NOW also be made through the Canadian Red Cross or 1-800-418-1111 (donor relations office).

As the bushfires continue …

Kookaburra perched on a burnt tree in the aftermath of a bushfire in Wallabi Point, Australia, on November 12, 2019. Photo: ADAM STEVENSON/Reuters.

Local Aussie Phoebie Peters was interviewed by Caitlyn Gowriluk at CBC Manitoba about the bushfires in Australia.

You can read the entire piece at “Houses, memories gone in ‘blink of an eye’: Fires spark worry for Australian expat in Winnipeg“.

Phoebie is an apprentice tattoo artist at Rising Phoenix Body Art on Winnipeg’s Sherbrook Street, and providing one of six designs for $50 a piece — koalas, wombats and kangaroos. Half the proceeds are going to WIRES — NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc. — that has been rescuing and caring for native animals for more than 30 years, and is currently working with animals affected by the fires.

Visit Phoebie for a tattoo — “We plan on doing this until Australia is no longer burning” — or make a direct donation to WIRES.

Thanks to CBC Manitoba for doing the article, and to all Canadians who have reached out with their concerns, their donations, and their help.