The Victorian Premier John Brumby has launched a Bushfire Appeal Fund to help the victims of the more than 400 bushfires which have swept across the state.
The Victorian Government and the Federal Government will donate $4 million to the appeal, in addition to the $10 million announced earlier today by the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
The 2009 Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund will be set up in conjunction with the Red Cross and will collect cash donations and distribute aid to help bushfire affected communities.
Mr Brumby has urged people to dig deep to help people affected.
“We all grieve with you. So many families; families like yours and mine, now have to rebuild,” he said.
“I can promise that we will not stop until you are safe and your lives and communities have been rebuilt.”
To contribute to the fund, people can call Red Cross on 1800 811 700.