Hi there guys/gals – As I mention in the video here…the devastation in Australia from the bushfire is heart-wrenching and my heart is with all people and wildlife in Australia that are affected. I’ve been racking my brain on how I/we can help. In an effort to support the cause I am offering up 2 (two) tickets to the Lakers vs. Clippers Game on January 1/28 (arguably two of the hottest teams in the NBA right now!) with the goal of raising funds for the devastation caused by the wildfires in Australia. Here’s how the raffle will work: 

  1. For every $5 donated from January 9th through January 19th, 2020 = You will get one entry into the raffle. You can donate more than $5 and get more chances to win. For example if you donate $50 you will get 10 entries into the raffle. 

  2. Donations must be made to a verified charitable organization. Suggested list of organizations below. 

  3. Must send confirmation of donation receipt with amount donated and organization to Giveback@SchneiderProperties.com to be entered into raffle. 

  4. All emails with confirmation must be received by 11:59pm PST on January 19th to be entered into the raffle. 

  5. Drawing will take place on Jan 20th 2020. 

  6. Winner will be notified via email and will be mailed the tickets once address is confirmed. 

Other Notes: 

    • This is being offered in good faith to encourage donation and help for Australia. 

    • We will not be handling any money directly, you will make the donation directly to the Charity of your choice and supply the donation receipt to us via email to be entered to win. 

    • ONLY Tickets will be provided. Transportation or other amenities will not be provided. 

    • No member of Nick’s Real Estate Team will be eligible to win. 

    • Tickets will be mailed to winner. Winner is responsible for tracking delivery instructions and collecting tickets.  

Where to Donate – Suggested/Optional List below (source: USA today)



Fire departments:


Fire departments: In both Victoria and New South Wales, two of the states hardest hit by the blazes, you can donate directly to the state fire authority or to a local fire brigade, many of which are volunteer-based. "Experience tells us that donation of money is much more effective and provides more flexibility than the donation of material items or pre-loved goods," the Victorian Country Fire Authority says on its website. For fire departments in Victoria, donate at cfa.vic.gov.au. For departments in New South Wales, donate on the government's website.


The New South Wales Rural Fire Service has also set up bank accounts to collect donations for the families of volunteer firefighters who have been killed while on duty. Donate at rfs.nsw.gov.au.


Families and Communities:


The Victorian Government, in partnership with Bendigo Bank and The Salvation Army, has established a fund for affected families and communities. According to the government's website, an advisory panel will recommend where funds are distributed. Donate at https://www.vic.gov.au/bushfireappeal


Australian Red Cross: Since July, the Australian Red Cross has assisted more than 18,600 people affected by the fires, according to its website. The organization says that it is currently supporting thousands of people in evacuation centers and recovery hubs. Learn more about where your money goes and donate at redcross.org.au.

(The American Red Cross is also accepting donations for bushfire relief efforts. More at redcross.org.)


First Nations Communities: Musician and community rights advocate Neil Morris, a Yorta Yorta man, has created a GoFundMe page to provide "culturally sensitive, specific direct support" to First Nations Communities displaced by the fires. Donations – which have reached nearly $600,000 – fund temporary relocation costs, basic amenities, resettling expenses and more. Learn more at au.gofundme.com.


Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal: This Australian nonprofit is raising funds to distribute as grants to rural and regional communities for disaster recovery projects. The grants could be used to repair community infrastructure, provide psychological support to those affected and more. Donate frrr.org.au.


GIVIT: Australian nonprofit GIVIT is collecting donation items requested by people affected by the fires. Items range from dog food to fencing materials. Read about what's needed and donate at givit.org.au/disasters.


The Animals


Nearly 500 million animals — including mammals, birds and reptiles — have died in bushfires in New South Wales, Sydney University ecologist Chris Dickman told The Sydney Morning Herald. Many organizations are working to rescue and rehabilitate animals caught in the blazes.


WIRES: The New South Wales-based Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc., Australia's largest wildlife rescue organization, is accepting donations to fund the rescue and care of animals affected by the fires. In December, WIRES received more than 20,000 calls and volunteers attended more than 3,300 rescues, according to the organization's website. All animal rescuers are volunteers. Learn more at wires.org.au.


Koala Hospital Port Macquarie: This koala hospital in New South Wales is accepting donations to fund the rescue, treatment and release of koalas, as well as research and education about koalas. The hospital said Sunday that it is "inundated with supplies to treat burnt koalas" and is now sending boxes of veterinary supplies to the state's south coast, according to the hospital's Facebook page. Donate at koalahospital.org.au/shop/donation.


Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital: Bindi Irwin, the daughter of famed wildlife conservationist and "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, has been taking in many displaced animals at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, which is owned by her mother, Terri. The Queensland hospital is "busier than ever," Irwin said in an Instagram post. The zoo's Wildlife Warriors program has raised more than $400,000 for new enclosures to house flying foxes and koalas injured or displaced by fires. Donate at azwh.blackbaud-sites.com.


Wildlife Victoria: A nonprofit that provides wildlife emergency response services, Wildlife Victoria is accepting donations to distribute to wildlife shelters to help rebuild enclosures and equipment, the organization says on its website. Donate at wildlifevictoria.org.au.


RSPCA Australia: The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Australia, the nation's leading animal welfare charity, is accepting donations to fund the rescue and treatment of animals affected by the fires. RSPCA chapters in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia are accepting donations.


Bindi Irwin: Her family's animal hospital is 'busier than ever' amid wildfires


Zoos Victoria:  A nonprofit conservation organization of three zoos in this Australian state, Zoos Victoria is collecting donations to fund emergency veterinary assistance and scientific intervention for affected animals. "What is required right now are funds to ensure we are best placed to deploy this assistance when the time comes," the  organization's website says. Learn more at donate.zoo.org.au/donation.


Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park: This wildlife park in South Australia is raising money for koala veterinary costs, koala milk and supplements, and extra holding and rehabilitation enclosures. The park has also taken in kangaroos, wallabies, an eagle and a possum. A GoFundMe page organized by park owner Dana Mitchell has raised more than $800,000. Donate here.


World Wildlife Fund Australia: This chapter of the international wildlife conservation organization is accepting donations to care for injured wildlife and, when the fires clear, to plant 10,000 native trees in critical koala habitat, including in "koala triangle," the heartland of Australia's healthiest wild koala populations. Donate at donate.wwf.org.au.


Australian Koala Foundation: This foundation allows you to "adopt" a koala through a symbolic foster program; your monthly fee funds protection efforts for wild koalas. You can also pay to "plant a tree" to help restore koala habitat.