Australia is literally burning right now and if you, like us, are currently based in London, you might feel a little helpless being so far away. With so much happening it can be a little overwhelming trying to figure out how you can help.
While they are some great ways to donate, like to Celeste Barber’s fundraiser or any of the local volunteer fire services around Australia, some people are organising some amazing events right here in London to fundraise. We’ve put together a little list of some of these events, so you can find something that speaks to you and head along to take part.
Aussie Bushfire Relief Fundraiser at The Hope & Anchor
The Hope & Anchor in Brixton are organising a fundraiser Saturday 11 Jan. A Bunning’s sausage sizzle, live music, giveaways and all donations going towards the Australian Red Cross. Head to the Facebook event for more info.
Australian Comedians for Bushfire Relief
On Saturday 11 Jan, The Bill Murray is hosting a fundraising evening with a lineup of all Australian and New Zealand comedians. All profits from the show will be donated to bushfire relief (exact charity unlisted). You can get purchasing tickets from the Angel Comedy Club website.
Pedal for Possums
Do you like possums? Do you also like riding a bike? Then we have the perfect event for you. On Saturday 11 Jan Pedal for Possums will be kicking off at London Fields, where riders will take part in a scavenger-style hunt through east and central London. Tickets are £6 through Eventbite or £10 cash on the day, will all ticket money being donated to WIRES (Wildlife Information and Rescue Service).
Knitting and Sewing for Wildlife Victims
Whether you’re a pro knitted or a total novice, everyone is welcome at this event on Sunday 12 Jan. Over tea and biscuits, you’re invited to help sew some much-needed essentials for the injured wildlife victims of the Australian bushfires. If you’re not keen to help sew, donations of knitting needles and 100% cotton or flannelette fabrics (like old sheets or pillowcases) are most welcome. For more info, head to the Squad event page or Facebook post here.
Muriel’s Wedding Movie Night
On Tuesday 14 Jan, Academy London will be hosting a movie night playing cult Aussie film Muriel’s Wedding. Tickets are £10 with 100% of proceeds going towards the Australian Red Cross. Tickets can’t be purchased at the door, so head on over to their event page and get adding to cart.
Australia Day Bushfire Appeal at Old Street Brewery
Aussies in London and Old Street Brewery are coming together to host a free Australia Day event to raise money for the Australian Red Cross. A donation from the sales of craft beer and wine will be made, while prizes, giveaways and a meat raffle will all raise more money for the Australian Red Cross. For more money head to the Facebook event here.
Australia Day Bushfire Appeal at The Church
The Church in Clapham has been throwing iconic Australia Day parties for the last 40 years, and every year they always sell out. This year 100% of the door sales will be donated to the Australian Red Cross, and a raffle and cake stand will also be raising money to donate. You can buy tickets through their Facebook page here.
AFL London Fundraiser Quiz Night
AFL London and Little Creatures Brewery are coming together to throw a fundraiser quiz night on Monday 3 Feb. Tickets are £10 with the money being donated to the NSW Rural Fire Service, with a raffle and other fundraising activities being held on the night. You can get your tickets through Eventbrite here.
Aussies in London Helping Aussies Squad Events
Events site Squad has organised a page of all the events on their site raising money for the Australian bushfires. From yoga to bootcamps, movie nights to comedy evenings, you can stay up to date with current and new events on this handy page.
While it’s not an event, we love these Australian-themed artworks from Hayley Everitt Designs. 100% of the proceeds are going to the Australian Red Cross, and you get a cute piece to display in your home.If you’re hosting an event or raising money in London for bushfire relief, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or a message via social media and we’ll list it on this page. Image: ABC supplied by Gena Dray