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Charitable organisations around Australia say they are seeing a major decline in their funds due to the many generous donations made to those affected by Australia’s recent bushfires.
- The Little Heroes Foundation chairman says donations have ground to a halt
- He says many Australian charities are struggling due to the many bushfire appeals
- A woman diagnosed with cancer in 2017 says charities provide vital support
Adelaide-based charity Little Heroes Foundation, which helps seriously ill children, is on the brink of closing its doors after 24 years of operating, with donations coming to a complete standstill.
It comes after strong financial support for victims of South Australia’s recent bushfire disasters, as well as victims of the bushfire disasters in Victoria, New South Wales and Victoria.
Little Heroes chairman Chris McDermott said he was holding onto a sliver of hope the charity would make it through, but he was not sure what the future looked like.
“It’s probably the least confident I’ve ever been, but again, the reality is the families challenged by serious illness, whether it be cancer or other serious illness, they’re still there and they still need help,” Mr McDermott said.
He said since December, donations and contributions from the public had ground to a halt.
“The way the Australian public have rallied to the [bushfire] cause has been one of the most inspirational things I have ever witnessed,” he said.
“On the flip side, it has impacted a lot of other charities, which you sort of understand, but for us that aren’t government funded it’s made a huge impact.
“Because we’re not government funded we rely on every dollar we make through events or donations and that has come to an absolute standstill. It’s pretty tough times.
“All charities in terms of donations at the moment are finding it difficult and it’s certainly our toughest time in our 24 years.”
Five in six Australians give financially to charities or not-for-profit organisations, with 20 per cent of people donating once a month, according to the Australian Community Trends Report, published last year.
According to the report, charities recorded a total revenue of $142.8 billion in the past year.
Charities a necessary support for sick Australians
Jeanne Moloney-Nicholls, 58, was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2017.
She said her experience showed why supporting charities was vital.
“I’ve had a double mastectomy, 11 lymph nodes, my brachial nerve all removed. I’ve had six months of chemotherapy where I lost all of my hair, my eyebrows, eyelashes,” she said.
“I had 25 radiation sessions, which I was pretty much burnt severely, bright red, blistered burns, which to me was probably the most horrific part of the journey.”
After her treatment was complete, Ms Moloney-Nicholls moved to Adelaide, where she has been visiting the Cancer Care Centre.
The not-for-profit organisation, which is funded through a combination of memberships and donations from the public, provides cancer patients with a wide range of complementary care to enhance their wellbeing.
Ms Moloney-Nicholls said the service was beneficial for people with cancer.
“It’s all the ongoing side effects that I don’t think people are aware of,” she said.
“They think once you have surgery that’s it, you must be back to normal, but you have to find your new normal and it’s not who you used to be.
“Places like the Cancer Care Centre would find it very hard to exist without the kindness and generosity of the donors.”
Former Oakbank Racing Club chairman John Glatz, who suffered critical burns in the Cudlee Creek bushfire, is now awake and in a stable condition at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, his friend has confirmed.
- Mr Glatz suffered burns to 60 per cent of his body while defending his home in the Adelaide Hills
- The racing community has rallied around the popular figure
- He has now emerged from an induced coma, with a friend saying his first request was for a beer
Mr Glatz was rushed to hospital more than a fortnight ago after sustaining the injuries while trying to defend his Adelaide Hills home and horses from the Cudlee Creek inferno.
The 73-year-old has burns to 60 per cent of his body and was left “fighting for his life” as a result of the deadly fire which claimed the life of 69-year-old Charleston man Ron Selth.
Mr Selth’s body was found at his property the day after the fire broke out, while Mr Glatz has been in an induced coma at the hospital’s intensive care unit.
Fellow horse trainer John Hickmott said he was overjoyed when he heard, through the racing community, of his long-time friend’s progress.
“They just said he’s alert and he’s awake, they got the tubes out and he’s speaking,” Mr Hickmott said.
“The first thing they said was ‘would you like a drink of water?’ and he said ‘I’d rather a beer’. When he said that, you know he’s in good spirits.”
Mr Hickmott said his friend had shown remarkable spirit by pulling through.
“When you get the amount of burns that he was supposed to have, it’s pretty hard for a man his age to fight that off,” he said.
“Someone did say that he is a tough old bugger, if anyone can get out of this, he will and he has which is amazing.”
Racing club offers ‘heartfelt thank you’ to Hills community
The Oakbank Racing Club previously offered its thoughts and prayers to the “much-loved committee member, John Glatz and his family”.
“Oakbank Racing Club is working to support the community impacted by the fires,” it said.
The Adelaide Hills is a popular region for horse owners and the town of Oakbank hosts a jumps racing event each Easter.
The fire prompted a major effort to save as much as the region’s livestock as possible.
The Oakbank Racing Club yesterday posted a “heartfelt thank you” on Facebook to residents who had donated time and effort to delivering stock feed.
“Amongst the devastation of the fires over the past couple of weeks, it was wonderful to see the community band together,” the club said.
More than 80 homes were destroyed in the Cudlee Creek fire, which was not contained until a week ago — more than 11 days after breaking out.
It has been followed by other devastating blazes including on Kangaroo Island, where a father and son were killed after fighting the fires.
Thousands of livestock died in a bushfire at Keilira in the state’s south-east which burnt through almost 25,000 hectares.
Communities have begun the arduous task of rebuilding, and are doing their best to encourage tourists to visit the regions to help local economies.