Bushfire Emergency Appeal: This appeal is to provide relief and pastoral care for those affected by bushfires in many parts of Australia. The 2019–20 Australian bushfire season is already the most destructive bushfire season since the 2008–09 Australian bushfires and the most widespread in recorded history, having already burned over 5,900,000 hectares of land (estimated), destroyed over 2,500 buildings (including over 1300 homes). The fires have also caused the death of at least 18 people.
From last November, the fires have heavily impacted various regions of North and Mid North Coast of New South Wales, the Hunter Region, the Hawkesbury, the Blue Mountains, and the Illawarra Region.
Australia's East/South-East Coast has experienced more than 100 fires which burned across NSW and Victoria, with fires extending across to the Adelaide Hills and further to Kalgoorlie and Yanchep in Western Australia. As of New Year's Day there are even eight active fires reported active in Tasmania.
ARDFA has been quick to send funds to affected areas. We act in consultation with parishes, dioceses and on-the-ground Anglican relief agencies, including the Bush Church Aid Society, Anglicare and the Samaritans Foundation (Newcastle Diocese) and the Emergency Chaplains Ministry of the Victorian Council of Churches. ARDF Australia will continue to help in providing relief and pastoral care to those affected by the bushfires. Part of the funds raised will be also used to support the pastoral work of emergency chaplains and others engaged by parishes and church agencies. Recovery will take a long time. Your support is much appreciated.
Two significant earthquakes struck villages and communities in the highlands of Papua New Guinea on 26th February and 7th April, 2018. The affected areas are sparsely populated, with a dispersed population living in remote, rural communities. There are no major urban areas in the immediate vicinity although there is a gas pipeline in the area.
ARDFA has sent emergency funds to the Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea and to Mission Aviation Fellowship. The ACPNG use MAF to deliver emergency supplies to remote church communities.
In February 2017, famine was declared in South Sudan.
“It is human nature. As they grow up, they keep killing each other!” These words from Archbishop Daniel Deng of Sudan are depressing. With the worst humanitarian crisis occurring since World War II, the fact that over 20 million people in four countries are starving seems simply overwhelming.
However, thanks to ARDF donors food has been distributed across South Sudan, all through the local church. Archbishop Deng was able to distribute the money evenly throughout the eight regions. Those trusted leaders were then able to purchase food for their regions and deliver it to the areas of greatest need. As Archbishop Deng explained, “[Food], that is what the people need.”