Australia's devastating bushfires crisis has been ongoing since September, with fires blazing in every state in the country. And tragically, at least 25 people and a billion animals have died as a result of the fires. In addition, over 2,000 homes have been destroyed.
And although in situations such as these, it can be difficult to find any sort of hope, there is solace to be found in how much the tragedy has brought people together in their support for those affected by the crisis.
More recently, a family dog has been caught on camera sharing a drink of water with a koala.Check out the sweet moment below:
The friendly canine, called Rusty, belongs to the Stone family. The family began to notice that the koala, whom they have since named Quasi, often visits the backyard of their home in Ashton, in Adelaide Hills, South Australia for a drink of water.
Danielle Stone captured a sweet moment which saw Rusty happily allowing his new friend to share his water - and the video has since been posted to Facebook.
Danielle told 7News that their dog loves getting a visit from his new friend. "Rusty doesn’t mind sharing the water bowl at all. I think humans could learn a thing or two from this pair," she said.
If you would like to donate to the brave services fighting these bushfires, please find the necessary information below...
How you can donate:
The NSW Rural Fire Service has multiple options for direct donations. You can donate to the RFS as a whole, or to specific brigades. You can donate through bank transfer, credit card or cheque.
For bank transfers, there is a set bank account (Account Name: NSW Rural Fire Service, BSB: 032-001, Account No: 171051). This account is for the RFS as a whole.
This link will take you to the landing page for credit card donations. You can donate to the RFS general fund or choose specific brigades from the dropdown box.
In Queensland, Fire and Rescue advise that you can donate both money and items through the website givit.org.au. The website allows fire-affected communities to list what they specifically need, from water tanks in Yeppoon to school uniforms in Zillmere.
In Victoria, the Country Fire Authority has two bank accounts - one for specific brigades and one for the general fund.
If you cannot find the particular brigade you are looking for, you can contact them directly.