Crown Resorts Donates $5 Million to Support Australian Bushfire Relief

Raising money for Australian bushfires

The entire world has been shocked and stunned at the images of vast swathes of Australia on fire as the country battles some of the worst bushfires in its history.

With the fires coinciding with the holding of the 2020 Aussie Millions, Crown Resorts have been helping to raise money for those affected, promising to match any staff donations to bushfire relief funds. They have also promised to donate a bottle of water for every bottle of water sold on its premises.

In addition to these fundraising efforts, last weekend Crown offered 200 hotel rooms to evacuees from the fire-ravaged town of Mallacoota who had been evacuated to Melbourne on Australian naval vessels.

"We just want to do our bit"

Founder of Crown Resorts James Packer said that Australians are digging deep to support each other in these tough times.

"My family and Crown are eager to do more and the best way we can help, is to significantly increase our donation.

"We hope these funds play a small part in helping our firefighters, 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."

Back in November, the Packer Family Foundation pledged A$1 million (~US$695,500) to the Rural Fire Service of New South Wales following the fire's outbreaks.

Now, an additional A$4 million (~US$2,700,000) will be spent to support volunteer services in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia, all of which Crown operates resorts in, and to charitable organisations providing relief to affected people and wildlife nationally.

Details of Donations

CauseAmount Pledged (AUD)Link
NSW Rural Fire Service$1,000,000Donate
Victorian Country Fire Authority (CFA)$1,000,000Donate
Western Australia Bush Fire Brigade (BFB)$500,000Donate
Australian Red Cross$500,000Donate
Victorian Government fund in conjunction with Bendigo Bank and the Salvation Army$1,000,000Donate
Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES), Zoos Victoria$1,000,000Donate

Chair of the Crown Resorts Foundation The Hon Helen Coonan said in a statement that the bushfires have been and continue to be a tragic event.

"We are incredibly thankful for the hard work and sacrifice of our nation's firefighters, emergency services and charitable organisations.

"We encourage all Australians to give generously to assist those that have lost their homes and livelihoods, and to support our wildlife and firefighters risking their lives in the field."

Image courtesy of Crown Resorts

For more information on how to donate to any of the above causes, please click on the links in the table above.

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