As severe bushfires ravage communities across Australia at an unprecedented level, our thoughts are with those affected by this national disaster. To the courageous teams, including firefighters, volunteers and emergency services personnel at the front line who are working tirelessly to keep Australian communities safe – thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
In response to the ongoing crisis, we are teaming up with the Australian Red Cross to establish donation stations at Pacific Epping. Once established, we encourage our community to donate directly to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund, which is providing vital services on the ground and supporting communities devastated by the fires, via these donation points. We are mindful of the tremendous outpouring of support across Australia for the charity and ask for your patience while we work closely with the Australian Red Cross to roll out these collection stations as quickly as possible. In the meantime, please donate directly via https://www.redcross.org.au/.
Our team will be donating their time by manning these donation collection points, with support from QIC’s head office teams. This fundraising drive will be amplified nationally across 22 of QIC’s Australian shopping centres. QIC has also kick-started our national collection campaign with a donation to the Australian Red Cross and NSW Wildlife, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES).
In combination with this national fundraising drive for the Australian Red Cross, we are partnering with a range of local registered charities to raise funds, supplies and goodwill for those affected by these devastating fires. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages and website for more information on these local efforts.
Our retail partners are also working hard to support those affected and there are many ways you can get involved. To see the list of our retailers taking part and how you can help please visit our website.
This is only the beginning, and we are now working out next steps for how we can continue to provide support to the affected communities during this devastating time for our country.
To those in our community grieving or those who are supporting the response effort – we are with you now and into the future.
Please donate directly to the Guest Services desk or
Please donate directly to the Australian Red Cross at the Guest Services desk or to donate online, visit https://www.redcross.org.au/.
Retailers Supporting the Bushfire Appeal:
- Edge Clothing
- Selling $3 chocolates and lollies with all sales going towards the Bushfire Appeal
- Round up your purchase to the nearest dollar to donate
- Make a donation in store
- Bushfire Appeal Saturday 18 January
- Braid & Glitter Bar – $5 per braid & gold coin donation for glitter.
- Hamper & Prize Raffle – over $1000 worth of prizes to be won. Raffle tickets $5 for one, $10 for 3.
- All proceeds to go to Wildlife Victoria
- Saluti Pizzeria
- $2 from every pizza sold in the month of January will be donated to Wires Wildlife Rescue
- Ollie’s Place
- From 20-26 January for every customer purchase, Ollie’s Place will donate 20 cents to the Australian Bushfire Appeal
- $2 donations being accepted in store which will be donated to GIVIT to help fund the purchase of essential products required by people in need
- Cotton On
- 100% of proceeds of Cotton On Foundation products to be donated to Foodbank Victoria, WWF, Asutralian Red Cross, Save the Children, CFA and RFS until the end of January
- Muffin Break
- Donating $1 for every lamington muffin or lamington milkshake sold in January
- QBD Books
- $2 from the sale of QBD bookmarks to be donated to the Bushfire Appeal until the end of January
- Autograph Fashion
- Readings Cinema
- Novo Shoes
- Bras N Things
- Boost Juice
- Strand Bags
- Bed Bath N Table
- Forever New
- Katies Fashion
- Laser Clinics Australia
- Hunky Dory
- Famous Footwear
Pacific Epping Food Drive
Pacific Epping will be hosting a Food drive in the H&G dome from Monday 13 January – Friday 17 January during centre trading hours.
In conjunction with this we have set up a donation tin at Guest Services in which all proceeds will go to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund. We encourage everyone to donate as every bit counts!
Below is a list of items in high demand. Please only donate non-perishable items, any perishable items or items not listed will not be accepted.
Items in high demand:
- Bottled water
- UHT Milk
- Breakfast Cereals
- Good quality tinned foods and meals (with ring pulls)
- Pasta, rice and noodles
- Grab-and-go foods like muesli bars
- Pet food
How else can I help?
Below is a list of charities and organisations supporting those affected by the bushfires.
The Salvation Army are supporting communities within the affected areas, with the goal as raising $3 million for disaster relief.
Donations can be made by calling 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or by clicking here.
A Bushfire Disaster Appeal has been established to support community members affected by the recent bushfires in East Gippsland and Hume. Click here to donate.
Red Cross are supporting thousands of people in evacuation centres and recovery hubs across Australia. Donate online here, or via phone on 1800 733 276.
Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund
Donating to GERF means that your donation can be used to provide immediate financial assistance to Gippslanders when they urgently need it. Donate online here.
Wires Wildlife Rescue
WIRES volunteers are on standby to enter fire grounds once the RFS and National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS) declare an area safe to access to assist animals in need. Donate online here.
Foodbank is a food relief organisation, playing a vital role providing essential supplies to support the work of first responders and emergency services as well as giving ongoing assistance to affected communities during the months and years it takes to recover. Donate online here.
RSPCA are working with Agriculture Victoria and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) to coordinate a response for animals who require assistance during the bushfires. Donate online here.
If you’ve been displaced or are helping with relief efforts, you can book free accommodation between 2 January 2020 and 16 January 2020, via AirBNB. Click here for details.
Your donation will help fund emergency veterinary assistance and scientific intervention. All donations either great or small will help the response to this crisis. Click here for details.
Donations made to Wildlife Victoria will be distributed to wildlife shelters and carers to help rebuild enclosures and equipment lost in the fires so that they can continue their lifesaving work. Click here for details.