You may have read about the bushfires racing through Victoria, especially through small towns on the outskirts of Melbourne. In Victoria, the bushfires have already claimed over one hundred lives and destroyed entire towns.
We at the Visa Bureau would like to extend our hopes for the safety of our clients, and our families and friends, who may be affected by the bushfires.
If you would like to help those affected by the fires, we would encourage you to make a donation to the Australian Red Cross. You can learn more about the Australian Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal 2009 at this website: http://www.redcross.org.au
Please note that the Australian Red Cross is dealing with unprecedented traffic to its website, so you may need to be patient.
UPDATE: Additionally, if you are concerned for the safety of family and friends in the areas affected by the bushfires in Victoria and have been unable to contact them directly, we advise you call the Australian Red Cross hotline on + 61 3 9328 3716.
Our hopes are with everybody in the area, and with the firefighters and soldiers working to stop the flames.
- Andy Harwood is the CEO of the Visa Bureau
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