AUSSIES have opened their hearts and wallets for the victims of the Tasmanian bushfires, giving more than $350,000 in a little over a day.The fires have destroyed more than 100 homes, mostly on the Tasman Peninsula, and stranded or displaced thousands of people.
The Insurance Council of Australia says at least $26 million in damage has been done, but that figure is expected to rise rapidly in coming days.
The Red Cross says it has received more than 2500 donations since the Tasmanian Bushfires 2013 Appeal was launched on Sunday, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for those affected.
Red Cross Tasmanian executive director Ian Burke said the funds were already making a difference, but said there was significant damage done across the state.
"The scenes on the Tasman Peninsula are truly devastating," he said on Monday.
"These communities face some major challenges and they will need significant long-term support in their recovery."
Donations can be made at www.redcross.org.au or by calling 1800 811 700.
Unions Tasmania has encouraged members to donate to the appeal and will organise tin rattlers on a public collection day on January 23.
Meanwhile, an ambitious Hobart radio host will conduct a marathon broadcast with the aim of raising $50,000.
7HOFM's "Wolfie" will be live on the air for 50 hours straight, broadcasting from a bus which will tour Hobart and suburbs from this morning.