Today, I am very proud to be an Aussie

It was 1 week ago today that we started experiencing the devastation of the Victorian bushfires. Since then, Australians have rallied in true blue fashion, all around the world, to dig deep and give to the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal.

In a time like this, I am very proud of being an Aussie.

Giving Generously To The Red Cross Bushfire Appeal

Many of us have already made a monetary donation to the Red Cross, or other charitable outlets, to assist the victims of this tragedy. Many more have donated clothes and material to help people get back on track in their live’s. When I say “Give Generously To The Bushfire Appeal”, I don’t necessarily mean money. There are many ways you can contribute.

Share a thought for the victims.
Be grateful for the survivors.
Learn from this experience so we can prevent future disasters.
Thank the volunteer firefighters, the Police, army and everyone who pitched in and is still doing so to help.
Realise that some issues in our live’s are petty and let go of them. A situation like this wakes us up and makes us understand there are more important things in life than petty issues.
And much, much more…

Another Reason To Donate To The Red Cross

I could go on forever, but I wont. I will leave you with one final reason why we should dig deep and donate money, clothes and/or help to charitable organisations like the Red Cross and the Victorian Bushfire Appeal:

We, the people who did not lose life, family, homes, animals or had our world turned upside down, have been given a choice. A choice of helping the people in need. Some people do not get that choice. Let me explain:

There are hundreds of people out there, normal people like you and me, that are seriously affected by this traumatic experience. They would trade anything, I mean ANYTHING, to get back life the way it was. Material possessions matter not to someone who has lost a loved one. I, for one, would give anything to reverse such a situation. My point is: The victims did not get that choice. The choice of donation rather than loss of life…

So the question is: How much would you give to reverse that situation if it was you?

And to anyone that read this that have been affected by the bushfires, my sincere condolences go out to you all for any loss you have had. I have suffered in my own way and feel the hurt. I have personally donated to the cause and have been touched by the way Aussies have rallied across the world to help the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal i.e. Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban donated $500,000. Likewise, other nations have helped us too. I am grateful for this.

Thank you all. Today, I am very proud to be an Aussie…

You can locate The Red Cross Appeal Here >>

Sean Rasmussen
Success Communicator © 2004 – 2009

P.S. Some people were upset that I published the amount I donated to the Red Cross on Tueday this week. Here is why I did it: By raising the awareness of an amount, other ‘marketers’ are wanting to match that amount and better it. It created a bit of competitiveness and upmanship – and if that is what it takes – then great! There are many people out there that have Millions of dollars to spare and are NOT digging into their (somewhat selfish) pockets while battlers are sharing generously. I pride myself in charitable causes and making that public will only improve charity donations and make us a more generous society.

I have given and I will keep doing so. 😉

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. I don’t think it matters how much we donate, but that we do donate something. Monetary value does not have to be huge, if you can only afford $10 – great, imagine how much more we could raise if everyone in Australia just donated something. As you say Sean you don’t have to donate money, you can also donate blood, They are a bit inundated at the moment, but keep trying. This is also very much needed.

  2. phil browne says:

    Once again the people of australia have been tested and as usual have shown that when called upon to respond to a crisis and help fellow australians have come through with flying colours.As you have said Sean Im proud to be aussie.As Trixie has said it does not matter how much you donate as it all adds up.Just remember it could be us next time that needs help.Dig deep guys and lets show the world how helping each other is really done.AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE OY OY OY.

  3. i am shocked to know that someone would evr do this to someone i feel so sorry for all the people whi have died and all the people who have survived

  4. I never thought I would end up agreeing with you on this. I guess everything can change eh?
    Maybe it’s time to have some fun or solve a puzzle or two. I find it takes my mind off the serious stuff for long enough to recharge my batteries

  5. Why on earth would anyone begrudge you for stating how much you pledged? Wow, some people sure are hard to please…I think that it is wonderful that you are willing to share your wealth and that you are encouraging others in that position to do so as well.
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Sign Language for Babies =-.

    • I think Lisa that they are of the social mindset that personal finaces are vulgar and should not be discussed in the vicinity of their genteel selves. I agree that Sean was quite entitled to put it out there and hopefully extract a few more dollars from some who may not have otherwise done so.

      It really made me sad that it once again reminded us of the mentally unstable are allowed to walk around amongst us and bring us harm. (The governments dismantling of the mental health system in Australia is a disgrace.)

      While the sheer scale of the disaster is shocking, we must remember that people choose where they live. Whether it is in bushfire prone areas or in the shadow of an active volcano (MT Pinatubo), on on a known fault line (San Andreas Fault) it is the responsibility of those people to be responsible for their own harm minimisation. Clearly in the case of the bushfires in Victoria this has not really happened. Clearly many either ignored warnings or had taken no steps to protect themselves from potential threats.

      Please don’t take this the wrong way. It is indeed a tragedy and those who put themselves in harms way do deserve our support. However to say that the victims did not get a choice is an over-simplification. Some chose to leave ahead of the fire and others chose to stay. Some chose to have insurance, others chose not to. Some chose to have fire-bunkers and sprinkler systems while others chose to build a standard suburban type home in a bush setting and took zero precautions.

      Regardless of the choices people had made I fully support and acknowledge the work of not only the Red Cross but also the volunteer firefighters and the many other volunteers and organisations who pitched in and helped out when it was most needed.

      • Hi Ray,

        I fully agree with what you said – people did take their choice of where to live and to stay or to leave.

        Sometimes we make bad choices. And then it is great to know that you are not left alone, that the others, who made better choices this time around, do not point their fingers at us and laugh, but help us to get back on our feet.

        This is a significant part of humanity to “forgive” others if they made bad decisions and came out second best or worse and to reach out to them and help, no questions asked. And Australians set a great example in how to do that.
        .-= Renee´s last blog ..Overcoming Procrastination =-.

  6. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    I am not sure why someone would be upset that you said how much you donated,it seems a bit small minded to me. Maybe they need to look at why they were upset.

    We all need to be ready to help each other in times of crisis,we never know when it will be us.

  7. Maybe those who were upset at Sean have wealth but do not want to share their good fortune with others if only they could remember “To give is to receive” I am happy to say I support 2 children with their schooling through “The Smith Family” I am not wealthy yet but these kids deserve the opportunities others have to go excursions, have uniforms and the necessities many take for granted .

  8. Hi Sean

    Good on you for using your influence to raise awareness about something you felt strongly about. And I support you in doing something, rather than sitting back and saying it’s all too hard, not worth it or not caring. You did something to make a difference.
    .-= Lina Nguyen´s last blog ..Richard Branson Business School: A day visit =-.

  9. Good on you mate.

    The narrow minds of some people. Thankfully the guilt loosened some grips.

    I am proud to say the coming together during times of adversity are common traits across the both sides of the Tasman. We help each other out when needed.

    The real difference between us is on the sporting field. Oh well we still have the All Blacks
    .-= Gee´s last blog ..Search Engine Optimization Tips For Baby Boomers =-.

  10. Hi Sean,
    You are amazing! your compassion and generosity is so, very Australian.

    I have friends who lived in the Kinglake area at the time. They were evacuated but lost everything, all their possessions. I was in the area only a few weeks beforehand and think I am lucky to not, to have been there at the time of the fire.

    Kinglake was a beautiful community of people. Aussies, who enjoyed true old fashioned community living as once was all around Australia.

    There was only a narrow road in and out though.

    They will rebuild but it will probably will never be the same again or community spirit will probably not ever go back to normal.

    Thanks for your tribute, Sean.

  11. Hello Sean,

    Its good to see how much Australians can pull together in a time of need. It sure shows our caring side. What a shame that others can not be grateful that you are able to donate the amount of money you did. Actually its selfish of them for thinking of their personal beliefs at a period of time when its not about them, its about the Victorians who are hurting….

    Love to see and hear how so many of Australians are able to dig deep with their pockets, their hearts, their time and their kind words. that is what Australia is all about 🙂
    .-= Lisa Wood´s last blog ..Searching For Gratitude Rocks =-.

  12. G’day Sean,
    Having done some time as a kid apprentice firefighter in our local bushfire brigade – one Chevrolet Blitz truck with a 500 gallon removable tank [ a long time before litres ! ] knapsack sprays and leather beaters, lots of guts and courage, I can tell you how much help is appreciated by the ” firies “. Probably the greatest unsung heroines / heroes are the more senior ladies and gents who save the firies with scones and a ” cuppa “, usually made at their own expense.

    As far as you announcing the size of your donation is concerned, I fully agree with your reasoning that it may spur or shame those who sit on their hands and their fortunes to get off their bums and help. Generally, we Aussies are extremely forthcoming with $$$$$$$$$$$ in emergencies, better than most nations.
    Cheers mate,
    .-= Harry Lynn´s last blog ..How Proud Can One Be ? =-.

  13. Sean,
    PS to the above – At 14 – 15 I got to drive the Chev Blitz as I’d been driving since I was 9 ! Couldn’t happen these days, and boy oh boy, do I remember the non-synchromesh
    [ or ” crash ” ] gearbox. This has been a lovely touch of nostalgia.
    Cheers again
    .-= Harry Lynn´s last blog ..How Proud Can One Be ? =-.

  14. The words in a song was sung, that Silence is Golden but they don’t say why, well done to all that have donated. it truly was Australian.
    .-= Richard Colum´s last blog ..Tips for First Time Home Buyers =-.

  15. Well done Sean for setting the bar high. I am proud of you, Aussie.
    .-= Wal Heinrich´s last blog ..Think And Grow Rich Mindset Mastery =-.

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