As its home country continues to suffer through the worst fire season in decades, Gang of Youths is doing its part to help and asking fans to join in.
The band announced today that it will donate all profits from merchandise sales on its website to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS). In a message posted on its social media channels, the band had this to say:
It’s devastating to see so many people, communities, wildlife and the bushland of Australia affected by the fires which are still burning. The Rural Fire Service and their volunteers are absolute heroes, and we want to do what we can to help them out, so 100% of profits from this merch until it’s all sold out will go to the RFS and people in need. Thanks in advance for your contribution!!
Every Australian state has seen its share of fires since the season began in late July, but New South Wales — home to the band’s hometown of Sydney — has been particularly hard hit with more than 900 homes destroyed. If you haven’t stayed on top of the fire-related news, read this January 1 overview on CNN.com. Google has also activated its interactive crisis map with regular updates.
If you can’t afford international shipping from the band’s store, or if you already have the GOY merch you want, or if you just want to freaking help, you can still donate directly on the Rural Fire Service’s website.
As far as the merch goes, there are currently eight items still in stock — five are band items and three are from the A More Perfect Union festival. Best of all, everything is already on sale. Start your shopping here and help the cause.
(Top photo by the Gary Danvers Collection & used via Creative Commons.)