Bushfire Appeal 2020 – Tax Deductible Donation

This bushfire season has been devastating. Fresh Hope Engage is raising much needed funds through its Bushfire Appeal to assist families and communities impacted by the fires. We will send weekly Facebook updates about the Bushfire appeal: how you can help, how you can access help, how help is being given, and how you can join us in prayer. 

About the Appeal: Funds raised through the Fresh Hope Engage Bushfire Appeal will be distributed via local Churches of Christ in bushfire affected areas. Through their networks and relationships in their local communities, our churches will provide assistance to families and people in need through provisions of food, clothing, accommodation, and for restoring furniture, tools and equipment. Where possible, Churches will also offer pastoral care and counselling to recipients of any assistance provided.

How You Can Help: Funds is what is most needed. You can donate via our appeal here. Please encourage your churches and networks to do the same. 

How you Can Access Help: If you, your church, or people in your community have been impacted by the bushfires and are in need of assistance, please contact Fresh Hope Engage: [email protected] or 8573 6000

Update 16th January 2020

Many of the bushfire relief activities this week have centred on containment, clean up and assessing the damage. Many people have returned to their homes and properties, seeing the destruction for the first time.

Last week a Fresh Hope team from Sydney travelled to Bateman’s Bay to help contain ember fires at The Glen (Aged care facility) where residents and staff remain on high alert.

How Help is Being Given, Updated 16th January 2020: 

  • $34,650 received to date in Bushfire appeal donations. Further donations are needed. 
  • $6,000 distributed this week from the Bushfire appeal, with further needs being assessed
  • This week, we have distributed emergency funds from the Appeal to 3 individuals connected with Fresh Hope who have lost their homes to the fires.

How You Can Join Us In Prayer, Updated 16th January 2020: 

  • Fresh Hope staff members who have lost their homes
  • For local churches in Bowral, Nowra, Bateman’s Bay, Katoomba and churches along the North Coast as they seek to help people in need in their local communities
  • Disaster Recovery Chaplains deployed from Fresh Hope through the Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy Network http://www.nswdrcn.org.au/
  • Residents and staff and our chaplains in Fresh Hope Care facilities, who remain on high alert in Mittagong, Bateman’s Bay and Nowra

 

How Help is Being Given, Update 9th January 2020:

  • $30,000 received to date in Bushfire appeal donations. More is needed. 
  • Appeal funds sent to Bowral Church of Christ to assist families resupply tools and equipment
  • Tweed Heads Church of Christ have opened their Sports Centre to collect supplies to send where needed down south https://www.facebook.com/tweedcoc/
  • Relief efforts being coordinated through local churches in Bowral, Nowra, Bateman’s Bay, Katoomba and churches along the North Coast

How You Can Join Us In Prayer, Update 9th January 2020: 

  • Two members of Bowral Church of Christ lost their homes in Balmoral in the fires before Christmas
  • Pastor Brian Dixon of former Eden Church of Christ has been working tirelessly in his SES Chaplaincy role in Eden and has requested prayer
  • Disaster Recovery Chaplains deployed from Fresh Hope through the Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy Network http://www.nswdrcn.org.au/
  • Residents and staff in Fresh Hope Care facilities being evacuated or preparing for evacuation, particularly in Mittagong, Bateman’s Bay and Nowra who remain on high alert

 

 

A note from Andrew Ball:

“With the current catastrophic bush fire conditions across NSW, Fresh Hope through its Engage Ministry has launched a Bush fire appeal.

Funds made to this appeal are tax deductible, and we will distribute monies raised back through each of our local churches within bush fire affected areas.

We hope to raise sufficient monies to immediately begin distribution to impacted areas.

When loss and disaster strikes, it is imperative that we mobilise resources to assist churches in their endeavours to help those impacted by fires.

We continue to pray for families, communities and firefighters impacted during this season.”

Dr Andrew Ball
Executive Ministry Director

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