HOLY FOOLS (Lilydale – Vic.) an independent, grassroots, not-for-profit charity focusing on the Yarra Ranges (Victoria), offering hope to individuals and families experiencing disadvantage, homelessness, addiction, mental illness and isolation.
Holy Fools is involved in several different programs that include Matt’s Café, a free community meal held every second Friday in Lilydale, to individual advocacy and assistance.
Holy Fools have been involved with promoting and hosting speakers such as Peter Rollins, as well as promoting and being a voice for the silent minority in the local community.
For more information see their website https://www.holyfools.org.au/
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FEBRUARY 2020 - # 2
As a result of generous donations to our emergencies & disasters appeal (https://www.donateadollaraweek.com/353411187) in respect to the recent bush fires, this month, we have been able to make small donations to two additional organisations directly assisting those affected by the fires:
Taronga Conservation society Australia
The recent catastrophic bushfires and ongoing drought have ravaged our country and the impact on our forests and wildlife has been devastating.
The fires, combined with the ongoing long-term drought, have decimated already fragile animal populations. The number of animals believed to have perished as a result of these catastrophic conditions is estimated at more than 1 billion with fires alone, many more when the effects of the drought are considered.
Taronga Conservation society Australia is calling for urgent funds to help address the emerging koala crisis as well as Taronga’s long-term work that aims to change the trajectory of koala populations and care for any injured koalas treated at the Taronga Wildlife Hospitals.
Catastrophic fires have torn through huge areas of vital koala habitat. When fires rage through forests, koalas have little defense, and often sadly perish. Koalas were already at high risk of extinction before the east coast fires ravaged their numbers. The situation was dire for koalas. Now it’s devastating.
Pressures on the Koala were already compounding – habitat loss and land degradation, disease, highly fragmented populations, droughts and heatwaves, climate change, predation by non-native species, and urban growth.
Once these bush fires pass, there will still be a crisis for koalas. To learn more visit the Taronga Zoo website https://taronga.org.au/media-release/2019-11-15/taronga-calls-urgent-help-save-australias-koalas
FEBRUARY 2020 - # 3
BlazeAid – a volunteer-based organisation that works with families and individuals in rural Australia after natural disasters such as fires and floods. Working alongside the rural families, volunteers help to rebuild fences and other structures that have been damaged or destroyed.
Equally important, volunteers also help to lift the spirits of people who are often facing their second or third flood event after years of drought, or devastating losses through bushfires. BlazeAid volunteers work in a disaster-affected area for many months, not only helping individuals and families, but also helping rebuild the local communities.
Not just rebuilding fences, but helping rebuild lives.
See BlazeAid website https://blazeaid.com.au/ for more information.