This Australian summer has been unforgiving. Many have lost loved ones, their homes, and livelihoods as bushfire unceremoniously claims many parts of New South Wales, Queensland, and South Australia.
In the wake of the crisis, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been criticised for holidaying in Hawaii. Another Scott was quick to respond to Morrison’s actions. Australian artist Scott Marsh painted a mural in Chippendale, New South Wales, which spoke a thousand words.
Christmas is a time to gather with loved ones, share a meal, and exchange gifts. With around 900 homes lost at the start of this fire season, many families won’t have that privilege on Christmas day.
In the season of giving there are several ways we can help our fellow Aussies get back on their feet by donating to the bushfire appeals through The Red Cross, St Vincent de Paul Society, and The Salvation Army.
May we spread the love this Christmas beyond our immediate families. May it be a time of reflection and gratitude for life in this peaceful lucky country, and may those who grieve find light and hope through the mateship of Australians this season.