The donations campaign was this week approved by UAE authorities and the is being run by the Emirates Red Crescent, with the support the Expo 2020 Dubai, Kate Midttun, chairperson of the Australian Business Group in the UAE, told Arabian Business on Thursday.
Residents can make donations towards the bushfire cause by clicking here on the Emirates Red Crescent website and logging their donations under the MATES HELP MATES campaign.
Earlier this week, she described how the response from the region to the devastating impact of the bushfires in her home country had been “pretty immense”, even before the official donation website had been set up.
Since late September, over two dozen people have died in the bushfires which have swept across south-eastern Australia. More than 2,000 buildings have been destroyed and an area roughly twice the size of Belgium or Hawaii has been burned.
The death toll for Australia’s wildlife is estimated to be nearly have half a billion in just New South Wales alone, according to a University of Sydney study. Experts fear the loss of animal life could be much higher than the estimates.
“I don’t think people understand just how big it is. When you think back to last year and what happened in the Amazon, that was pretty horrible in itself and it was two million acres – Australia has already lost 12 million acres, which is six times more,” Midttun said.
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