Half of Australians donated to bushfire appeal: Survey

MELBOURNE: One in two Australians have donated money to support bushfire relief efforts, a new survey showed over the weekend, with meteorologists warning more hot and dry weather is to return after a heavy rain respite dampened many of the blazes.

The Australian bush has always burned, but this season's fires, which began early, have in the past four months claimed the lives of 33 people, millions of animals and have charred an area nearly the size of Greece.

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With the fires also destroying thousands of homes and inflicting psychological and physical damage to many, Australians have been increasingly coming together to aid one another as the country looks to rebuilding.

A burned car stands amid dead trees after a wildfire destroyed the Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat in Kangaroo Valley, New South Wales, Australia, Jan 23, 2020. (Photo: REUTERS/Thomas Peter)

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Some 53 per cent of Australians have donated to a bushfire appeal during this season, a survey conducted by the fundraising and marketing consultancy More Strategic in partnership with the Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA) showed over the weekend.

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Nearly half of the donations went to a collection organised on behalf of a charity, while 14 per cent have donated through Facebook.

Estimates on total money collected vary, as donations keep pouring from Australia and abroad, with some Australian media saying hundreds of millions of dollars have come in so far.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday that he will move a motion of condolence at the parliament's first sitting in early February.

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