For the past two months, Australia has experienced the worst bushfire season we’ve ever encountered. As of two days, ago (I couldn’t find more up to date statistics that I could verify) an estimated 23 people (The Guardian) had lost their lives with more people missing. According to Times.com 12.35 million acres of land has burnt, with an estimated 1500 homes lost nationally (7 News), and entire towns wiped off the map. Billions of animals have perished with fears that some species of flora and fauna have been completely eradicated.
And this is just the beginning.
Summer has barely begun here, and we still have the hottest months of the year to come.
Words can not adequately express the heartbreak and horror that is Australia right now. We are suffering, and we are struggling. Each day our firefighters back up to fight these infernos with the help of firefighters from all over the world. These men and women are our heroes. Our lifesavers. Words can not adequately express our gratitude and heartfelt thanks. Especially as so many of them are fighting without the proper equipment, and with risks to their own lives and properties each and every day.
In the midst of all this sadness and horror, the Australian community, and the world, is rallying behind our firefighters and Australia. Donations of food, clothing and everyday essentials have been flooding in for those communities worst affected, and every day Australians are throwing whatever they have at the firefighters and charity organisations to help those who need it most. Which is where the book community comes in.
Starting yesterday (Monday 6th January 2020) and running until the 11th January 2020, the book world has taken to twitter to raise some much need funds for the CFA firefighters.
#Authors4Fireys is an auction being held via twitter by authors, publishers, editors, agents and basically anyone involved in the book world. There are services, books, character names, entire series and so much more to be won via the auctions, where each bidder is asked to leave their bid in the thread below the product. Whoever has the highest bid when the auction closes is required to donate that money (in AUS dollars) to the CFA and must provide proof of donation to claim their prize.
There truly are some amazing items up for auction, and I highly encourage each and every one of you to check them out if you have the chance (just search the hashtag #Authors4Fireys and they should all come up).