The Packer Family and Crown Resorts have pledged to donate $5 Million to help the Australian Bushfire Relief Appeal.
Australia is battling one of the most devastating natural disasters in the history of the nation.
With the bushfires coinciding with the Aussie Millions Poker Championships, Crown Resorts have been working to raise money for those affected, promising to match staff donations to bushfire relief funds. Crown has also pledged to donate a bottle of water for every bottle of water they sell.
Along with the financial efforts, Crown offered 200 hotel rooms to evacuees from the fire-ravaged town of Mallacoota last weekend, for those who had been evacuated to Melbourne, with help from the Australian Navy.
“My family and Crown are eager to do more and the best way we can help,” said James Packer, Founder of Crown Resorts.
The Packer Family Foundation pledged $1 million dollars to the Rural Fire Service of New South Wales following the original outbreaks of the bushfires back in November of 2019.
“We hope these funds play a small part in helping our fire fighters, and easing the suffering of people who have lost their homes and the poor wildlife caught up in the blaze. We just want to do our bit.”
Crown operates resorts in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia, which is where an additional $4 million dollars will be spent to support volunteer services in those states.
Money will be donated to charities that will provide relief to affected people and wildlife across the entire country.
The New South Wales Rural Fire Service and the CFA have been pledged $1,000,000 each. The Western Australian Bush Fire Brigade and the Australian Red Cross have been pledged $500,000 each.
Victorian Government fund in conjunction with Bendigo Bank and the Salvation Army as well as the Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES), Zoos Victoria have been pledged $1,000,000.
The Hon Helen Coonan, Chair of the Crown Resorts Foundation, stated the bushfires have been a horrific event.
“We are incredibly thankful for the hard work and sacrifice of our nation’s fire fighters, emergency services and charitable organisations.”
“We encourage all Australians to give generously to assist those that have lost their homes.”