COMMONWEALTH BANK ROLLS UP ITS SLEEVES TO HELP COMMUNITIES REBUILD
Commonwealth Bank today announced a total of $100,000 will be donated to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service and Habitat for Humanity Australia, to support people and local communities impacted by the devastating New South Wales bushfires.
Andrew Hall, Commonwealth Bank Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs, said after consultation with the New South Wales Emergency Management Committee two organisations were identified as worthy recipients.
“We want to help local communities rebuild. We worked with the local Committee and our branches to determine how our donation would be of most use to people and community organisations in bushfire affected areas,” Mr Hall said.
“Bushfires have a devastating impact across entire communities and there are some groups who may not be covered under the traditional safety nets and we want to help by providing on-the-ground resources.
“We are also providing funding to replace vital fire rescue equipment,” he added.
Habitat for Humanity Australia provides people in need with safe, secure housing and the means to support themselves. The $50,000 grant will be used to employ a project manager to coordinate volunteers who will help people and families affected by the bushfires rebuild. In addition, Commonwealth Bank staff will also be actively involved in volunteering activities.
The New South Wales Rural Fire Service’s Region East - covering the Sydney basin, coastal zones north to Port Macquarie and south to Kiama and stretching inland to Bathurst, Muswellbrook and Merriwa – will use the $50,000 grant to replace valuable equipment damaged during the bushfires.
New South Wales Emergency Management Committee Chairman, Phil Koperberg, applauded Commonwealth Bank for its support.
“A coordinated recovery effort is vital and through the support of Commonwealth Bank, we can provide the necessary funding and support to where it is needed, when it is needed,” Mr Koperberg said.
Commonwealth Bank activated its Emergency Assistance Package for customers impacted by the bushfires. In addition, all Commonwealth Bank branches across Australia accepted donations for the Australian Red Cross, raising more than $380,000.
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