Spend With Us: How you can help bushfire-affected businesses in Australia
Article originally posted by The Weekly Times 10th March 2020, Article by Bethany Griffiths
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A ONE-STOP shop to buy from bushfire-affected businesses is hoping to help ease the trauma suffered by thousands of Australians.
Clinical psychologist Lauren Hateley started the ‘Vic Spend With Us’ campaign on social media from her home in rural North East Victoria in early January, and has grown the following by teaming up with web designer Sarah Britz who created the ‘Spend With Us’ website for online sales.
Now a fully-fledged national website directory and social media movement, ‘Spend With Us’ features more than 160 businesses which are seeking support after their sales took a massive hit as a result of the bushfires.
Ms Hateley is encouraging people “from Sydney to San Francisco” to buy from impacted shops and help them get back on track.
“There slowly has been increasing sales on the website with increased awareness of its existence, however we urgently need customers to shop on the website — these businesses are reliant on sales now to recover up to 85 per cent of income lost over summer in addition to keeping them afloat,” she said.
“We have a strong interest in improving the wellbeing of bushfire and drought affected businesses across the country. Behind every business is a family and our ultimate goal is to help alleviate their stress amid suffering trauma from adversity such as bushfires.”
To boost awareness of the platform, the website will be hosting the Buy from a Bushfire Business weekend on Saturday and Sunday to get more people to spend their money in places of need.
“The fires are no longer burning, but businesses still need support,” Ms Hateley said.
“Life has not gone back to normal for them. Bushfire-affected businesses need to receive sales as a matter of urgency and we decided that hosting an online event such as Buy from a Bushfire Business Weekend was an amazing opportunity for us all to get together and show these communities that we care and have not forgotten them. Buy from them online if you cant to a community – look on ‘Spend With Us’ first so the money goes where it needs to.”
To get involved, visit www.spendwithus.com.au for a list of shops, cafes, accommodation and events that have felt the impact of bushfires.