Australians band together in times of need.

It’s the best thing about being Australian. When tragedy strikes, you can always count on your fellow Australians to pitch in and help wherever possible. As the Bushfires continue to ravage our beautiful home, our community has rallied together to help out those affected – both human and animal.

While we have been donating hundreds of pallets of food, water, stock and gift cards to various organisations to be distributed to affected areas, our customers have asked us for ways that they can help. We’re proud to launch the Drakes Bushfire Appeal – a simple way for our customers to give money to local organisations that are at the bushfire recovery coalface. From Wednesday 15th January to Sunday 9th February 2020, you can buy a $2 Drakes Bushfire Token at any Drakes register, and all proceeds from the sale of the token will be proudly distributed evenly to the below local organisations:

The CFS Foundation provides financial assistance to South Australia CFS volunteer firefighters and their families who have suffered through death, injury, loss or damage of property while in the line of service. Whilst the CFS provides a wide range of support for our volunteers, the CFS Foundation was formed to provide immediate financial support when needed. The CFS Foundation receives no financial support from the CFS, and all money raised comes from the people of South Australia. The sole beneficiary of the CFS Foundation is the 13,500+ South Australian CFS volunteers who commit on average 20 hours a week of their time to the local SA community brigades.

Wildlife SA’s mission is rescuing and rehabilitating sick, injured and orphaned Native Wildlife, and where possible return them back to their homes in the wild. If this option isn’t available, animals are taken into permanent care with Wildlife SA, other carers or other rescue groups. Om average, it costs $1,000 to raise a kangaroo joey – not including any additional veterinary costs associated if the joey becomes ill or expenses incurred as an adult. Wildlife SA receive no financial help from the government and are self funded, with some assistance from the South Australian public. Your valuable donation will pay for essential items and services such as animal callouts, specific animal formulas, bedding/puches, fruit & veg, dry feed, medical bills, aviaries and materials for building enclosures and compounds.

The Rural Fire Brigades Association Queensland Inc leads and represents the interests of 1,400+ brigades and over 30,000 volunteer brigade members in Queensland. From the money raised with the Drakes Bushfire Appeal, the RFBAQ have committed to use 100% of the money raised to purchase devices that will be loaded with a soon-to-be-released fire service mapping tool, at a cost of approximately $1,000 per device. Mapping tools are of great benefit to brigades at bushfires as they allow the brigade to understand the topography, access roads and to be able to communicate the size and position of the fire to Incident Control, as well as to share information with the aerial fire bombing assets in real-time.

The Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation proudly supports the Wildlife Hospital located within the grounds of the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. The Foundation was created to secure the future of Australia’s wildlife, directly funding vital work treating, rehabilitating and releasing sick, injured and orphaned native wildlife. The Hospital has grown to be one of the busiest wildlife hospitals in the world, admitting over 12,000animals a year – a service that is provided free of charge to the community. The skilled and experienced veterinary team, supported by volunteers, prides itself in providing the highest level of veterinary care to all of their patients. Their patients come from a 2 hour radius of Northern NSW to beyond Brisbane which provides an enormous resource to the area. Aside from some grant money from the QLD State Government and the Gold Coast City Council, the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation is largely self-funded.