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The Salvation Army boosted by community spirit at Bendigo Bank

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The Salvation Army boosted by community spirit at Bendigo Bank

 

The Salvation Army has allocated $100,000 for the first phase of emergency response which will be allocated in immediate cash payments to those who have lost everything or partial destruction of their residence. At this time, it is imperative that as people attempt to come to terms with what has happened, immediate physical needs are met.

This process can’t be hurried as we must allow those affected to access help at their speed, thus The Salvation Army will be active in delivering this support over the next few weeks from both Australind and Pinjarra.

Our efforts have been bolstered today with the announcement of the Bendigo Bank launching a Bushfire Appeal which will support The Salvation Army’s work and potentially broader organisations. This is timely as we start to consider what resources The Salvation Army can allocate to the recovery efforts now and into the future.

Halls Head, Collie and Pinjarra Community Bank® branches have already banded together to make the appeal’s first donation of $25,000 “We have all been touched by this disaster and we hope that by leading the way we can inspire others in our community to dig deep and help out their neighbours,” Collie & Districts Community Bank® Chairman Jeff Riley said.

Bendigo Bank’s Regional Manager for Central WA Aaron Hockey said he was heartened to see the community pulling together. “By working with our local branches, as well as our friends at The Salvation Army, we hope we can start to make a difference in the lives of people who have lost so much.” Mr Hockey said.

The Salvation Army spokesperson Warren Palmer said the organisation had already begun working with people who had been affected by the fires, initially to cater for their short term and immediate needs. “It’s likely our work will continue for a number of weeks and we will then be assessing what ongoing response is required to best support their full recovery.” Mr Palmer said.

Donations to the South West WA Bushfire Appeal can be made at any Bendigo Bank branch or online via the Bank’s philanthropic arm, Community Enterprise FoundationTM. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible - www.bendigobank.com.au/southwestwabushfireappeal. Donations can also be made by calling 137258 (13 Salvos) or www.salvationarmy.org.au/donate

 

Media Contact :

Warren Palmer, Public Relations Secretary

Ph- 0417 909 964

 

Bendigo Bank