The devastating wildfires currently happening in Australia have burned more than 24 million acres, impacted at least half a billion animals and killed at least 30 people, according to the BBC.
And people around the globe have stepped up to either help try to control the fires or assist in recovery — including Cincinnatians.
Local actress Miranda McGee (frequently seen onstage at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company), an Australian citizen, is helping her homeland by hosting an Australia Day fundraiser 2-8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 at Queen City Radio (222 W. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine) on behalf of the American Australian Association Inc. to benefit the Red Cross, Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Australian Bushfire Relief Fund.
Also on Jan. 26 — aka Australia Day, basically the Australian Fourth of July — Below Zero Lounge (1120 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine) is hosting Bikkies & Bevvies for Fire Relief from 1-5 p.m. Make a donation to be split between the Australian Red Cross, Victorian Country Fire Authority and Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park and get a bikkie (a cookie). The suggested attire is your “best summer beach gear.”