Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal

Today I pledged $10,000 to the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal. I was in Melbourne over the weekend when the bushfires started and there were many times when I was brought to tears from the sheer thoughts of terror that has entered some people’s live’s this weekend.

I was coaching a group of internet marketing students in Melbourne. Two of my students had left their children at home with family for the weekend and they were understandably concerned about their safety. Throughout the weekend I felt overbearing emotions from the ongoing bushfires and even now I feel very uncomfortable with the thought of what people have gone through and are still enduring.

Share a thought for the poor people affected by the Victorian fires and their unnecessary suffering.

My heart goes out to everyone affected. I’m grateful for the people that have helped and the ones that are safe. My donation of $10,000 was made to the Red Cross this afternoon.

I have the choice of donating. The people that perished and the ones that are left behind with horrible losses didn’t get that choice. I hope my contribution will help somehow.

You can locate the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal via this link and donate.

Bless you all

Sean Rasmussen
Success Communicator © 2004 – 2009

About Sean Rasmussen

Sean Rasmussen is a passionate blogger and has been a full time internet marketer since 2005. When he's not with his family, or dog Buddy, Sean is usually blogging or doing something related to the internet.


  1. How awful for everyone over there, and how extremely generous of you. I’m glad to see that you and Ange are safe, and hope all of your family and friends are too–I was wondering as soon as I saw the news. Unfortunately, there’s no way everyone over there will be able to say that. I cannot imagine how terrified those poor parents were! Just the thought of being in that situation is enough to turn your stomach!

    Just so people know, the link you give does work for international donations (as you know) I’m in the U.S., and I was just able to donate through the same link to the appeal.

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  2. Well done Sean! Your generosity is good medicine for the heart. While sweltering in temperatures that remained in the high thirties it was nothing compared to the heartbreak and horror for those that have had their lives scarred by these terrible bush fires. I have followed the reports and was saddened by the rising death toll.

    My sincere sympathy go out to all those affected and I am working towards helping as much as I can.

    Thanks for the link.

    Simss last blog post..Some say Charity begins at Home well I say …

  3. Well said Sean. We too were in the fortunate position to be able to donate a sizable amount yesterday, although I still feel left a bit empty that we could have done more than just give money. Maybe we can help in the future and offer one/some of the survivors some new skills to learn that will help them rebuild their lives and their communities?

  4. Paul Roberts says:

    Is it really necessary to trumpet how much you are going to donate?

    The greater and less self-serving approach would have been to announce your own choice to support the work of the Victorian Red Cross and to exhort your readership to do the same. But to quantify your own “generosity” smacks of self-aggrandisement.

    As I read this post I was left with a nasty taste in my mouth, as though this was an attempt to draw attention to yourself in the most crass manner possible, especially given the subject matter. You will lose many admirers by this awful piece of promotion.

  5. Right now, as a nation, we are in shock and mourning whether we have been affected directly or not by the terrible loss of life and property caused during the Victorian bush fires, and we feel this way because they are our fellow countrymen and women – they are Australians. Every Australian will be wondering what they can do to help and no doubt our first reaction was to offer our prayers and thoughts to everyone suffering during this crisis. To many, that is all they can afford – that is a priceless donation in itself, but these thoughts and prayers and other donations are also being offered from people in countries around the world, and our gratitude for that is endless.
    The pain and grief for these people may never go away, but when the veil of despair begins to lift, they will be buoyed by the courage to rebuild their lives, and they will do that in memory of love ones lost, they will do it for themselves and they will do it because they know they will have to, but they also know that they will not be doing it alone. The mateship that we are renown for, never has a need to be resurrected during times of hardship, it is always there, it is perpetual – Such is the Spirit of Australia.
    Whatever your ethnic background, religion or beliefs, may your God be with you in your moment of greatest need.

  6. Thank you Rob. You are a very passionate man and I highly respect you for that. We need more people like you

    Hi Paul. I respect your opinion and I’m asking future commenters to also respect Paul’s view. This is not a time to squabble about minor issues but a time to dig in deep and appreciate that we who have still got our loved ones alive have been given a choice that the victims didn’t get. They would have given away all their material possessions in exchange for their loved ones. I know I would.

    My social media exposure for the donations is raising awareness and others are now considering matching and bettering my donation amount. That would not have happened had I been ashamed of my contributions. I love people and have openly wept over this tragedy. If anyone is ashamed of what I have done, there is a red cross up in the top right hand corner of the screen that will exit this page.

    Bless you all 🙂

  7. Good for you! You don’t hear or see much generosity from investors.

    For those that have money to spare it’s good to see large sums being given.

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  8. If it was $100 or $1000 or $100,000 the same argument will always come up. How much is enough to help our fellow Aussie’s in need.

    Fund raising for any charity is always difficult & the amount that people should or shouldn’t donate under such tragic circumstances will always be a delicate issue.

    I think that anyone who has read Sean’s blog for a while or has met Sean personally will know that his heart is in the right place.

    Paul, I think you missed the point & saw the glass as half empty rather than seeing the glass as half full.

  9. Hi Sean,
    Thanks for the amazing support.
    Visitors from the UK can also donate through the British Red Cross at


  10. Thank you, Alex, for calling by.
    It is an honor to have a representative from the Red Cross here on this blog. You are good people.
    Bless you

  11. Hi Sean,

    Interpreting events we see are always filtered subjectively by our world view, and while for a short moment I was unsure about your mentioning your donation amount in relation to Paul’s comments, I want to thankyou for risking any misunderstanding such as this for the higher purpose of inspriring others to give generously.

    I can see calling others up higher, rather than putting them down is your purpose and although I haven’t met you in person yet, I appreciate what you are doing. Thankyou!

  12. It’s wonderful to see how compassionate and caring people are and there will be a lot of work to be done for a long time to come.

    To do my small bit, I’ve just this minute released a blog detailing how Desert Wave Enterprises, Central Australia, will donate 60% of ebook proceeds received between now and 28 Feb 09 to the Victorian Bush Fire Appeal Fund.

    Additionally, all sales will be accompanied by a free copy of “The Breast Cancer Ebook” which is valuable for men and women (men get breast cancer too!).

    Further details are at

    Robinozs last blog post..Victorian Bush Fire Appeal Fund Contribution

  13. These terrific fires in Victoria have ruined the lives of thousands of humans and hundreds of thousands of wildlife. They have registered in the major media of many countries besides our own. We, the safe, have opportunities to provide assistance in cash or kind. One’s donation is not to be compared with another’s. Large or small, each gives assistance to people most of us will never know. What we do know is it helps the traumatised people in some way.

    Today those who have lost all face an uncertain future – where to go, what to do, how to face that unknown. To lose one’s home is heart wrenching; to lose a family member, friend or neighbour in such horrendous circmstances is incomprehensible if you haven’t experienced something similar. Few of us have and I hope we never do.

    May we assist the needy where possible and give thanks for the good we have.

  14. Thank you everyone for your thoughts and compassionate feelings.

  15. Some of the fires are only about a 1 hour drive from where I live. My uncle lost his property and all his neighbours perished in the fires. Even those with young children. My uncle and cousins were fortunate enough to get out early.

    The smell of the smoke outside and the golden glow that is coming from the sun is a shocking reminder of those poor souls that have lost either their lives, their friends and family and the things they need just to live every day.

    I took my young sons to the oval last night to kick the soccer ball around on the oval while I waited for my daughter to finish her piano lesson, only to see smoke billowing through the trees and up the road a bit in the Ivanhoe area. My heart sank and I wondered when this was all going to stop.

    I was just talking to my sister and we both agree that we need to start sending positive energy because we have both felt so sad and flat this week. So for those who are wondering how they can give, why not try some meditation and use that energy to direct some happy and positive thoughts to those who need to be lifted from their sadness: so that they can feel positive enough to start afresh. It is amazing the power positive energy can have if enough people do it. Like attending a motivational seminar. Try it and send some good vibes to those poor people who need more than anything money can buy them. (That’s not a dig at those who have contributed financially as it certainly is generous for people to give regardless of the amount).

    I am sad that this has happened and it makes me even more grateful for what I have.

    Regards, Eileen.

  16. Great to see generosity still rocks at this day and age with emphasis on still. I am a big fan of generosity you see Sean, and hopefully I will live to follow in similar footsteps.

    Thanks for spreading the energy as well.


  17. It is so amazing how people pull together in such tragedies, its great to know that there are still people out there that still care, these fires were horrible, for me the worst was watching the animals suffer.

  18. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    It’s now been just over a year since the tragic bushfires in Victoria. I remember seeing the news reports at the time and I couldn’t believe the horror that these poor people were going through. I’ve never seen anything like it. I’ve never even been close to a bushfire.

    Your donation was a very kind and generous one and very much in-keeping with the person I believe you to be.

  19. One year on. Now we have flooding in other parts of the country. Australia can be very harsh.

    But being a “new” Australian (moved here from Germany) I am always amazed at how Australians react to any kind of catastrophe. You move closer together, donate, start fundraisers and help when it is needed. Nobody expects you to wait for insurance or to beg, as soon as someone is in need everybody helps with what they have.

    I salute you, generous Australians!
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  20. I admire the respect, maturity and professionalism that has been displayed in this thread. Emotions can run high on topics such as this. But we’re all entitled to an opinion, and to debate and challenge others respectfully.

    I think it’s dangerous for a blogger to always have their readers – as great and as loyal as they are – to constantly agree with everything we say. It’s healthy (and necessary for growth) to have different points of views expressed. As long as it’s done with respect.
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    • Some people (other marketers) got upset with me over this one because I made the amount public. I know the bottom line was their refusal to match or better the amount despite their ability to afford it. Such is life. Meanwhile, the victims and their families continue to suffer…

  21. Sean

    Those that know you also know that your generosity goes far beyond this donation.

    We all give what we are able when we are able no matter what it is. The point is that a need was evident and you saw a way to contribute.

    My hat, if I wore one, goes off to you.
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  22. Hello Sean,

    A year has gone by really quickly, but for those that are affected it probably seems like only yesterday.

    I am glad that it did not become about how much money/or how much little money was or wasn’t donated. Its not about us, its about the Victorians – they need to be thought of first. What I get upset with is when someone in Australia does the right thing by giving a helping hand (either with money or time) and others feel like they have a right to bring them down. That’s not being a true Aussie.

    May those that lost their life R.I.P, and those that are trying to re-build and move on know that they are loved.

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  23. Thankfully, the weather has become cooler and wetter this year. It seems to coincide with a solar minimum. There are 0 sunspots as I type this. Climatologists have equated lower sunspot numbers with cooler temperatures. But if the sunspot numbers go up again, which they could next year, and if global warming through atmospheric pollution continues (which seems highly likely given that no country is doing enough to stop it and many are being fooled by this solar minimum phenomenon into believing that global warming is a myth) then fierce bushfires can be expected to threaten again in future years. We must be vigilant and take positive action to reduce the negative impact.
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  24. When you have been at the start of a bushfire and see just how fast it can travel you realise the power caused by the combination of heat, wind and the unpredictability of a fire as it can change direction so quickly.
    The destruction and heart break touched every Australian in this case and we hope and pray that this will not happen again but the threat is ever present.
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