As the fires rage on across the country and some communities are returning to find their towns razed by the horrific blazes from the last few months, bands, artists, authors and heaps more creative folk, as well as brands across Australia and beyond, have begun donating money from everything they sell to bushfire relief initiatives.

We’ve already seen the likes of FlumeP!nkNicole Kidman and Keith Urban, Novak Djokovic, and Maria Sharapova directly donating hundreds of thousands of bucks to fire relief efforts, and celebs and influencers like Magda SzubanskiWill ‘Eggboy’ Connolly, and Celeste Barber using their celebrity to raise tens of millions of dollars.

Athletes across the country currently working through their summer seasons are donating cash for every big moment they have this year, including tennis stars like Ash Barty, Nick Kyrgios, Samantha Stosur, and Dylan Alcott, NBL’s LaMelo Ball from the Illawarra Hawks, and cricketers Chris LynnGlenn Maxwell, D’Arcy Short, and others.

If you’re wanting to help get much-needed funds and resources to communities affected by fires while also copping yourself a little treat or something special, plenty of artists, bands, writers, and other creative types are donating profits and proceeds from their own sales to bushfire relief appeals and not-for-profits.

Of course, the most direct way you can ensure that 100% of your money will be going to fire relief is to donate directly, which you can check out at the link below, but if you’re wanting to support local businesses both big and small, considering flinging some of your pay this week to these folks.

WRITERS, AUTHORS & PUBLISHING HOUSES

Authors For Fireys has writers and other literary types auctioning off their books and other experiences (like a yum cha lunch with Benjamin Law), with the winning bid being directed to donate directly to the Country Fire Authority. It runs from now until 11pm AEDT on January 11.

Check out the nitty-gritty of the auctions over on the website, and here’s a choice selection of what Aussie authors and publishing houses are putting up to the highest bidder.

MUSIC, LIVE GIGS & ZINES

A whole bevvy of bands and musicians have made quick work of using both their celebrity and music to raise money for things like fire services, crisis support, and First Nations initiatives, whether it be from donating proceeds or profits to charities and not-for-profits, or working overtime to lock in charity gigs across the country.

Spanning across a whole bunch of genres, there’s a shitload of music happening out there to raise needed funds for those in desperate need.

Including, and I shit you not, The Wiggles.

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The recent bushfires and subsequent devastation is an issue super close to home. We are a part of the South Coast. Our communities are literally burning to the ground. We have family, friends, bands we work with, and punters who attend our shows and events who are being affected and we feel an obligation to help On Jan 24 @hockeydadband @tumbleweed_gong @dunerats (DJ Set), @shiningbiird @tottyrulez & @madddy_jane will all be playing at the lake Illawarra waterfront venue ‘Club Windang’ (Windang Bowling Club) for a benefit show with 100% of all tickets, raffle & merch proceeds on the night going to NSW RURAL FIRE SERVICE, NSW NATIONAL PARKS & WILDLIFE SERVICES & the RED CROSS DISASTER RELIEF FUND. The raffle will take place throughout the night in between bands and will be hosted by Dunni of @dunnis_daily_motivators Insta fame. Prizes will include signed surfboards from pro surfers: Chippa Wilson, Craig Anderson, Dion Agius, Harry Bryant & Mick Lowe and prize packs from: Oh Dang café, Music Farmers, Audio Technica, Volcom, Vans, Drag Board Co & more.

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I cannot sit back and do nothing as these fires continue to impact the way they are currently knowing First Nations Communities as always in these situations end up in severe positions of turmoil and disadvantage as a result. Many mobs have lost their homes , sacred sites are being roasted to the core , totemic flora and fauna species are being brought to the brink of extinction. The list goes on. Our communities need support now and they will need support ongoing to get through this and to replenish in the aftermath. All this amidst the colonial prison our peoples have already been traumatised and destructed by again and again. As a result I am putting on a Fundraiser next Tuesday night @thegasometer @ 7:30 ft @keeahn @culture_evolves and more. I have also set up a go fund me campaign for those whom cannot physically attend but would like to support First Nations people's affected by these fires in these times . Link in Bio Be safe everyone Dhungudja dhomodhomonga yakapna Big love fam

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Jess MauboyMontaigne and Lily Papas‘ performance at the Australian Open this year will donate all profits and proceeds to the Red Cross, cop yourself a ticket to the Jan 19 gig over here.

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COMEDY

Comedians across the country have also whipped together a couple of very special events this month, with some big names in Aussie comedy performing in Sydney and Melbourne.

ARTISTS

There are seemingly endless artists out there who are donating profits from everything from prints to tattoo flash to jewellery to bushfire appeals and initiatives. Check out some of the artists and incredibly creative folk below who are giving everything they feasibly can, and grab yourself some nice art for your home or your skin.

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Sadly, Australia is experiencing the worst bushfires known to date. People are dying, more wildlife than you can even comprehend are dead, houses gone, businesses gone, fireys are exhausted and dying, thousands of more animals are expected to die out due to lack of food or place to live. We are in an national emergency. Our PM is doing his worst to help, so the little guys (us) are stepping in to raise funding for the Fireys. 🚒 I’m selling this digital download of my Australia print to raise money. Please, international followers we need your help. 100% of Profits will be donated to the RFS (And hopefully we will raise enough to spread the donations to Wires, Red Cross etc. But RFS is the main goal right now to STOP the fires because our government hasn’t given them enough funding. 🚒 Available on my website now, the rest of the shop contents will be available Jan 10th. 🚒 OTHER WAYS TO HELP; 🚒 VOTE OUT SCOTT MORRISON!!!! THAT’S how we really fix this issue. Vote for the party who will put climate change FIRST. 🚒 SHOW UP to the Jan 10th Protest to Sack Scott Morrison 5.30pm at Sydney Town Hall.

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Woweeee! So far we’ve raised $8000 in our tattoo Giveaway & bushfire appeal! Thank you all so much for your generosity and support. The comp continues, so get on board. Help the animals and win a tattoo while you’re at it! 🐨♥️ Enter for your chance to win a pet portrait tattoo of your favourite animal pal from legendary @hi_imfromyesterday 😱 To enter, follow the link in our bio to our online shop (littlegoldstudios.com) and purchase your entry for $10. 100% of money raised goes to @therescuecollective , working relentlessly across the country to rescue, treat and care for wildlife in Australia's current bushfire emergency. The Rescue Collective is dropping water and food into burnt bushland for animals whose habitats and food sources have been wiped out, as well as working with a network of shelters and small organisations, connecting them with food, medication and other necessary supplies. Winner is announced Sunday January 19. Enter as many times as you like. The winner’s tattoo appointment will take place in April. Wishing our country relief from these catastrophic fires and forgiveness from our planet.

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CLOTHING, SKINCARE & OTHER BRANDS

As well as donating a total of $20k to the CFA, Spell from Byron Bay are auctioning off a private shopping experience with co-founder, Isabella Spell. The actual Make It Rain fundraising gigs at the Beach Hotel in Byron are extremely sold out, but you can still enter into the auction over on the Make It Rain website.

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MAKE IT RAIN FUNDRAISER 🙏🏽 We’re super proud to be a part of the #makeitrain fundraiser raising much needed funds for the brave fireies at @nswrfs – the sold out event is this Wednesday + Thursday at @beachhotelbyronbay 🌊 This event sold out in like 5 seconds (probs because it’s being MC’d by @chrishemsworth!) But don’t worry you can still get involved, there are heaps of increds experiences and items to bid on in their AUCTION including a special PRIVATE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE with Spelly! Check our stories, or link in bio to register and bid to win a personal styling session with @isabella_spell in the private mezzanine at our Byron store + a $500 gift card! Link in bio, just scroll down to AUCTION tab. All money raised goes straight to @nswrfs 💛🙏 (ps. This event and auction has been organised by some very wonderful people local to us in Byron, local dad and muso @bernardfanning is one of them – this isn’t our event, we have some other fundraising ideas still hatching so stay tuned!🥰🙌🏽)

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Country Road Group – who yes did those duffle bags that everyone was obsessed with in the early 2010s – have donated $100k from all of their brands including Mimco and Witchery. They’re also encouraging people to donate directly to the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.

Koala Mattresses has donated $10k to the RFS, a solid donation to the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital on top of its regular donations to the WWF, and are sending mattress donations for firefighters and families at the relief centre in Goulburn. They’ve urged customers and fans to donate directly to NFPs like the CFA and WIRES, and are working on more fundraising through an official raffle soon.

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We are beyond devastated by the bushfires currently burning throughout Australia. During this incredibly tough time it's important to work together. ⁠ ⁠ Please continue to donate so that we can help those who are fighting and protecting our precious land, people and wildlife. Every small act of generosity helps! ⁠ Here’s where you can donate to those in need: @nswrfs @cfavic @sa_countryfireservice @redcrossau @wireswildliferescue @salvosau @givit_aus @foodbankaus. ⁠ ⁠ Together with WWF we're helping koalas in restoring their habitats. You can support too – link in bio.⁠ ⁠ Please stay safe everyone, put out water bowls for wildlife and keep using less electricity and water.⁠ 📸@australia ⁠ #bushfire #australia #fire #climatechange #savewildlife #savekoalas #rfs

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Alongside our community, we are heartbroken by the devastation caused by bushfires across our country. ⁠ ⁠ More than that, we are angry. Our nation is currently on fire due to the abhorrent disregard for our environment and our Government's refusal to take real action on the climate emergency.⁠ ⁠ Lush pledges to donate a minimum of $100,000 by March 2020 from our Charity Pot fund to grassroots organisations and charities who are part of the ongoing effort in driving climate action. This will include groups who work to regenerate land, defend the rights of First Nations People, drive legislative change, and protect our unique and diverse wildlife. ⁠ ⁠ We will be led by experts and grassroots organisations working to impact the root cause of this bushfire disaster. We encourage you, our community, to share groups who are dedicated to driving climate action and building connections that empower people and create change. Please follow the link in our bio for more info and to reach out to us. ⁠ ⁠ For 25 years, Lush has actively campaigned for environmental conservation, animal welfare and human rights. We will continue to do so throughout 2020 and beyond.⁠

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The Body Shop has donated $25k to the Red Cross as well, and though they’re not actively donating profits from products at the time of writing, the company has directed customers to directly donate to several charities.

We’ll update this as we come across more initiatives and collectives holding events and raising funds for bushfire relief, please give us a shout on editor@pedestriangroup.com.au for anything we’ve missed.

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