Australian firefighters get their own Funko Pop to help animals affected by bushfires
Amid the Australian bushfire crisis, it has been estimated that over a billion animals have lost their lives - with that number rising still. The tragedies have provoked emotional responses from people all over the world as humans and animals alike continue to suffer.
This heart-wrenching footage shows a kind-hearted grandma rescuing a severely injured koala who was unable to escape the raging fires:
And now Funko, an American company that manufactures licensed pop culture collectibles, is hoping to contribute to relief efforts by selling firefighter figurines which come with a koala attached.
The limited-edition item costs $19.99 Australian dollars, with all proceeds going towards the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' National Bushfire Appeal.
"The RSPCA are working alongside government and emergency agencies, veterinarians and local authorities to provide much-needed equipment and supplies, emergency care and identifying and assessing injured animals in need of assistance," Funko wrote on their website.
You can also donate directly to the RSPCA on their official website.
And 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.