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Fire disaster appeal

February 14th, 2009

As with similar tragedies in the past, I’m using the blog to promote an appeal for donations to help those affected by the terrible bushfires. I’m kicking it off with a donation of $500. Anyone who’d like to take part can record the amount donated in the comments thread below. I’ll report the total from time to time. Past appeals have raised as much as $5000, and it would be great to match that.

You can donate to the Red Cross Appeal here or make a direct deposit to the Victorian Bushfire Relief Fund -
BSB 082-001, Account number 860-046-797. Once you’ve done that post your comment, and encourage the rest of us.

If anyone has any new ideas for fundraising, or would like a repeat of some of the old ones please feel free suggest them.

I’d like to confine comments on this post strictly to fundraising and other expressions of support. There’s already a discussion of the fires, and metacommentary on fundraising can go in the Monday Message Board (running late, but up soon).

Update 12:50pm We’re already over $1000, from donations big and small. Small donations from those who are short of cash themselves are more significant in a lot of ways, than bigger amounts from those who have plenty to spare.

Update 8:20pm

Single Black Female rip

The total by my estimate is $3650, which is exceptionally generous. If only we could maintain this level of solidarity all the time, and in response to the everyday tragedies of poverty and hunger, as well as in times of disaster, is there anything we couldn’t accomplish?

Update 1:50pm Wednesday

We’re now at $4530 by count, so I’ll offer an incentive. A free post, written by me, on any topic within reason for whoever pushes us over $5000. To avoid some game-theoretic complications I’ve just thought about, I’ll be offering a special award for anyone who contributes between now and the $5000 target, however large or small their donation.

Update 8:50am Thursday The total has now reached $5750, which is a huge success and a tribute to the generosity of readers of this blog.

The donation that tipped the total over $5000 was from commenter “Mike” who gets to propose a topic for a post by me. Honorable mentions to James Farrell and GDavies whose generous donations pushed us very close to that total and thanks again to everyone who has contributed.

I’ll probably wrap this up tomorrow evening, so get in now with your contribution.

Update 9:50am Friday

The Midnight Meat Train divx

The total is over $7300 which I think is our best ever. Get in quick with your contributions, as I plan to finish the appeal here this evening. (Of course, you can still make contributions to the Red Cross or Bushfire Relief Funds if you’re running late).

Further update To co-ordinate a joint appeal with Larvatus Prodeo, I’m keeping the appeal open for the weekend. With LP readers joining those here, I’m confident that we can raise at least $10 000.

Update Saturday AM Total is now $8185, enough that I’ve stopped trying to do it in my head, and put all the info into a spreadsheet. I know most people have already donated by now, but if you haven’t, or haven’t got around to recording the fact, here’s your chance.

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  1. robert
    February 10th, 2009 at 10:17 | #1

    Have just contributed my “widow’s mite” donation to the Red Cross. Nothing like as big a donation as Professor Quiggin’s, I’m afraid.

  2. February 10th, 2009 at 10:42 | #2

    $10 from me.

  3. Dave McRae
    February 10th, 2009 at 11:03 | #3

    My missus is taking this a bit hard as it’s brought back the Canberra fires for her, the feeling of helplessness and possibly survivors guilt – we were so less prepared than our neighbours and friends but it often came down to dumb luck where the fires struck.

    She’s got the card today – I said go for $200, but I’m sure she’ll do that plus a little more.

    I rang the red cross blood bank yesterday apologising for not having shown up again in the last decade but could they use my O-pos – yes please was the quick reply and have an appointment this afternoon to give a bit

  4. February 10th, 2009 at 11:50 | #4

    Jack M. Strocchi, Thank you for your donation to Australian Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal 2009.Receipt Number : 574954 Donation Amount $ 50.00 AUD

    That makes $100.00 from our household. Thereby fulfilling my rash promise to “double up”.

    Come on people. If a black-hearted reactionary like me can stump up a C-note then bleeding heart liberals need to go one-up man!

  5. Krissd
    February 10th, 2009 at 11:57 | #5

    I contributed $100 to the red cross appeal through my workplace.

  6. Krissd
    February 10th, 2009 at 11:58 | #6

    PS there you go jack one bleeding heart liberal response.

  7. February 10th, 2009 at 12:09 | #7

    $100 from me and my family.

  8. February 10th, 2009 at 12:15 | #8

    Our Community has a number of appeals listed regards the bushfire disaster. They are listed here:

    http://www.ourcommunity.com.au/bushfiredisaster

    Donating to these appeals via Our Commmunity’s online giving centre costs nothing, and the only fees are the ones the credit card companies have in place.

    For more information on other ways to donate, visit – http://www.ourcommunity.com.au/giving/giving_article.jsp?articleId=4026.

  9. JohnP
    February 10th, 2009 at 12:28 | #9

    $100 to the Red Cross from me.

  10. February 10th, 2009 at 13:27 | #10

    My family’s in for $200.

  11. Marginal Notes
    February 10th, 2009 at 13:39 | #11

    100 marginal notes from me.

  12. Warbo
    February 10th, 2009 at 13:44 | #12

    $100 from my family.

  13. Julian Russell
    February 10th, 2009 at 13:53 | #13

    My wife has a well paying gig this week (she’s a puppeteer and performer) and we’ve donated her $400 fee to the red cross appeal.

  14. Erin C
    February 10th, 2009 at 14:31 | #14

    $150 from me.

  15. Roger Jones
    February 10th, 2009 at 15:07 | #15

    $200 to the Red Cross.

  16. Alanna
    February 10th, 2009 at 15:12 | #16

    Im in the process $100 for me. Im just waiting for my silly mobile to recharge so I can get the sms I now need to TFR (why did I sign up for that sms….the more I listen to banks the worse the knots I tie myself up in!!).

  17. Alanna
    February 10th, 2009 at 15:16 | #17

    Id like to add…cough up Tony G!

  18. Philip B
    February 10th, 2009 at 15:25 | #18

    $200 from our family.

  19. February 10th, 2009 at 15:35 | #19

    $200 from me.

  20. Ernestine Gross
    February 10th, 2009 at 15:37 | #20

    Receipt Number : 595493
    Donation Amount $ 100.00 AUD
    Victorian Bushfire Appeal 2009

  21. Alanna
    February 10th, 2009 at 15:46 | #21

    Mine is done now – note on stment “Alanna in JQs”. Vic B’Fire Appeal.

  22. February 10th, 2009 at 16:14 | #22

    Receipt no. 598170, for $110.

    ($100 from me plus $5 from each cat; animals will benefit from this appeal too, if only indirectly.)

    Plus 470 mil of finest O+ as soon as the queue gets a bit shorter.

  23. Zarquon
    February 10th, 2009 at 16:33 | #23

    Receipt Number : 599628
    Donation Amount $ 500.00 AUD
    Victorian Bushfire Appeal 2009

    I hope this means they’re getting donations at the rate implied by PC’s & my receipt numbers.

  24. haiku
    February 10th, 2009 at 18:33 | #24

    $50 from me matched by my employer for a total of $100. Well done JQ and props to Jack S for the suggestion.

  25. RobV
    February 10th, 2009 at 18:50 | #25

    $100 to the Red Cross from me.

  26. February 10th, 2009 at 20:24 | #26

    I’ve just donated $500, and now trying to get my kids to donate their weeks’ pocket money (much harder).

  27. Steve
    February 10th, 2009 at 21:18 | #27

    From our family:

    Red Cross
    Receipt Number : 625486
    Donation Amount $ 250 AUD
    Victorian Bushfire Appeal 2009

  28. February 10th, 2009 at 22:15 | #28

    Just donated $50 – would be easier if I was employed.. Never the less it is done!

  29. February 11th, 2009 at 06:42 | #29

    $300 from me and my partner.

  30. Alanna
    February 11th, 2009 at 13:40 | #30

    JQ,

    Is there any way you can keep this section up the top of the list for a while?

  31. jquiggin
    February 11th, 2009 at 13:59 | #31

    Done!

  32. James Farrell
    February 11th, 2009 at 14:35 | #32

    $200 to the Red Cross.

  33. Gdavies
    February 11th, 2009 at 15:31 | #33

    $250 from myself and partner

  34. Mike
    February 11th, 2009 at 15:51 | #34

    $200 to the relief fund through my workplace.

  35. Salient Green
    February 11th, 2009 at 18:09 | #35
  36. February 11th, 2009 at 18:17 | #36

    $100 from my partner and I through Anglicare Victoria site. They stepped up as an alternative way to the Red Cross online donations system when it started buckling under the load.

  37. February 11th, 2009 at 19:24 | #37

    My wife, Claire Rodda, just put $100.00 into the Wildlife Victoria Bushfire Appeal. She’s a nurse and no doubt feels that humans are getting enough attention.

    I was advised in no uncertain terms that I had stump up half the amount. I did so on condition that I could claim brownie points on this blog. CWB Rec No: 021195697498 Amount: $50.00.

    All this charity is taking its toll on my good nature. I look forward to taking a pound of flesh to take out of a certain liberal academic, on a subject dear to my heart.

  38. stockingrate
    February 11th, 2009 at 19:39 | #38

    $60 rcpt 687369 AUD Victorian Bushfire Appeal
    $40 rcpt 31372338 kmart bushfire wishing donation

  39. Donald Oats
    February 11th, 2009 at 20:24 | #39

    Here you go.

    Receipt Number : 694450
    Donation Amount $ 200.00 AUD
    Victorian Bushfire Appeal 2009

    Thank you for your donation to Australian Red Cross.

  40. Suzanne
    February 11th, 2009 at 22:02 | #40

    Another $50 here.

  41. Alanna
    February 12th, 2009 at 07:02 | #41

    Are U there yet JQ?

  42. christine
    February 12th, 2009 at 09:26 | #42

    $200 to the Red Cross.

  43. Tony G
    February 12th, 2009 at 09:57 | #43

    Tony G.

    $ 200. St Vinnes Victorian Disaster Appeal NA 0902113

  44. RoD
    February 12th, 2009 at 10:20 | #44

    $250 to Victorian Bushfire Appeal.

  45. Dave McRae
    February 12th, 2009 at 12:33 | #45

    In addition to the amount at post 3, we also did $200 to the wildlifevictoria.org.au

  46. Socrates
    February 12th, 2009 at 13:16 | #46

    Another $50 here plus I am giving separately through a work appeal tomorrow. Nice idea JQ.

  47. February 12th, 2009 at 14:17 | #47

    Receipt Number : 708101
    Donation Amount $ 100.00 AUD
    Victorian Bushfire Appeal 2009

    Thank you for your donation to Australian Red Cross.

    Sorry for waiting so long, had to wait for payday – curse this start of school period

  48. February 12th, 2009 at 14:24 | #48

    Oh and another thing – Do your weekly supermarket grocery shop at a Coles supermarket on Friday night (13th) if you can. Coles has said they’ll donate profits from their sales for that night.

  49. Adrian
    February 12th, 2009 at 20:33 | #49

    Hi,

    I sent $250.00 to the Red Cross this morning.

  50. February 12th, 2009 at 23:33 | #50

    Receipt Number : 784283
    Donation Amount $ 100.00 AUD
    Victorian Bushfire Appeal 2009

  51. February 13th, 2009 at 04:27 | #51

    Receipt Number : 786102
    Donation Amount $ 200.00 AUD
    Victorian Bushfire Appeal 2009

  52. Marion Delgado
    February 13th, 2009 at 05:28 | #52

    Hey, John:

    Appeal – Victorian Bushfire Appeal 2009
    13 February 2009
    Receipt No: 786348
    Amount $25.00

  53. Aussie Oskar
    February 13th, 2009 at 13:12 | #53

    $100 from me and mine to the Red cross.

  54. micaros
    February 13th, 2009 at 13:13 | #54

    $50 to Wildlife Victoria Bushfire Appeal
    $50 to Australian Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal 2009

  55. February 13th, 2009 at 13:20 | #55

    Thanks for providing this opportunity, John. There’s been some interest in doing something similar at LP, but I thought it might be neater if we joined forces:

    http://larvatusprodeo.net/2009/02/13/fire-disaster-appeal/

    I’ve donated $100 to the Red Cross:

    Dear Dr Bahnisch

    Thank you for your donation to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal 2009 (Receipt: 811269). We will ensure that your personal and financial details are kept private and secure at all times in keeping with our commitment to respect your privacy.

    Your official receipt is attached to this email. To view and print the receipt you will need latest Adobe Acrobat Reader 9. You can download a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader software via http://www.adobe.com

    Please contact us on 1800 811 700 or [email protected] if you have any questions regarding your receipt.

    Thank you for your support

    Australian Red Cross
    http://www.redcross.org.au

  56. nabla
    February 13th, 2009 at 15:01 | #56

    Another $20 just now to Red Cross.

    I’ll probably bump that up to something respectable now that Xylophone said yes.

  57. zorronsky
    February 13th, 2009 at 15:47 | #57

    $100- Dep. 2670713. Bushfire relief fund as per BSB_and Account Nos supplied.

  58. February 13th, 2009 at 16:59 | #58

    $20 to Wildlife Victoria.

  59. February 13th, 2009 at 21:01 | #59

    $50 to Red Cross, receipt # 775282 (12 Feb)

  60. Patricia WA
    February 13th, 2009 at 21:20 | #60

    Hi John – referred to you by Lavartus Prodeo and happy to help reach your goal – trust my $200, Receipt No.830645 is of use.

  61. jo
    February 13th, 2009 at 23:18 | #61

    Hey John, from LP – total of $100 from 4 x $25 donations (made via ourcommunity.com.au)

    The Alfred Hospital – The Victorian Adult Burns Service (VABS).
    Donation receipt NDDN111033
    Donation Amount: $25.00

    Rebuilding Kindergarten’s affected by Bushfire
    Kindergarten Parents Victoria Inc – Early Childhood Education Foundation
    Donation receipt NDDN111032
    Donation Amount: $25.00

    ‘Wildlife Victoria’ Bushfire Appeal
    ID: VQCR3BC018E9
    Amount of Transaction: $25.00

    Wildlife Rescue and Protection Inc (WRAP)
    Wildlife Bushfire Rescue Appeal
    Donation receipt number DN111031
    Donation Amount: $25.00

  62. CJ Morgan
    February 13th, 2009 at 23:22 | #62

    Our business is an authorised site where funds can be donated directly electronically to the main bushfire appeal. Today, the P&C from one of the local primary schools (enrolment c. 20 pupils) brought in $650 to deposit, mostly in coins. Apparently, the kids raided their piggy banks.

    It brought tears to this old curmudgeon’s eyes.

  63. February 14th, 2009 at 08:46 | #63

    $250 at the RC website.

  64. cp
    February 14th, 2009 at 14:05 | #64

    Another $100 here on the Red Cross site.
    Receipt Number : 843067
    Donation Amount $ 100.00 AUD
    Victorian Bushfire Appeal 2009

  65. Geoff Honnor
    February 15th, 2009 at 12:34 | #65

    Red Cross site
    Victorian Bushfire Appeal 2009
    15 February 2009
    Receipt No: 855041
    Amount $250.00

  66. February 15th, 2009 at 13:39 | #66

    Have contributed $150 to the Red Cross and linked this on my blog here: http://beatsandpiecesblog.wordpress.com/2009/02/15/fire-disaster-appealfire-disaster-appeal/.

  67. dylwah
    February 15th, 2009 at 13:43 | #67

    $50 from casa de hybrid vigour.

  68. February 15th, 2009 at 13:58 | #68

    OK, clearly I’m a lousy bugger, so I’ll throw in an extra $90 to take my contribution up to $100.

  69. Smiley
    February 15th, 2009 at 14:02 | #69

    A bit late, but here’s mine.

    Receipt Number : 856246
    Donation Amount $ 100.00 AUD
    Victorian Bushfire Appeal 2009

  70. February 15th, 2009 at 14:12 | #70

    Thanks for your support, really Thank You so much!

  71. Alanna
    February 15th, 2009 at 14:47 | #71

    73#Robert LOL.

  72. Lisa Bartholomew
    February 15th, 2009 at 15:30 | #72

    $100 for the two legged people, and $50 for the four legged furry people. Southern Cross Uni is sending a truck (donated by TNT) full of clothes, toys, bedding etc on Tuesday. Anything that can help people to rebuild their lives is going in the truck. Good on you Lismore and SCU.

  73. Justin Kerr
    February 15th, 2009 at 15:48 | #73

    $50 to Red Cross’ ‘Where its needed’ appeal, because I don’t want the flood victims forgotten either. Hopefully they and the fire victims will both get some.

  74. Jill Rush
    February 15th, 2009 at 18:42 | #74

    $100 from my crew.

  75. Michael D
    February 15th, 2009 at 21:13 | #75

    $200 here from my household.

  76. February 16th, 2009 at 10:31 | #76

    Receipt Number : 624914
    Donation Amount $ 500.00 AUD
    Victorian Bushfire Appeal 2009

  77. Joe
    February 16th, 2009 at 11:32 | #77

    Alerted by the posting at Larvatus Prodeo. Good on everyone above for pushing it so far.

    Receipt Number : 870118
    Donation Amount $ 100.00 AUD
    Victorian Bushfire Appeal 2009

  78. Mr.H.
    February 18th, 2009 at 20:38 | #78

    Receipt Number : 893749
    Donation Amount $ 50.00 AUD
    Victorian Bushfire Appeal 2009

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