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Greensill will donate $250,000 for fire victims and the Rural Fire Service.

Greensill will donate $250,000 to victims of the Australian bushfires and the Rural Fire Service in Bundaberg.

Greensill is also allowing staff to take paid leave to help with the firefighting and recovery efforts.

Staff and equipment from the Greensill Farming operations have been helping with the firefighting effort in the Bundaberg area.

As a financier to Australian business in rural and regional Australia, members of Greensill’s agribusiness team will be helping farmers affected by the fire to rebuild and restock.

Greensill will donate $250,000 to help victims of the Australian bushfires. The donations will be shared between the…

Posted by Greensill Farming Group on Sunday, January 12, 2020

Bundaberg Rum contributes $500,000

EARLIER REPORT: The best way to help bushfire victims is to donate cash and Bundaberg Rum has contributed $500,000.

The money will go to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund to assist bushfire-ravaged communities.

It's one of many generous donations from businesses, organisations and individuals across the country.

The Minderoo Foundation, established by Andrew and Nicola Forrest in 2001, has pledged $70 million for bushfire response, recovery and resilience.

The Fleming family from Bundaberg Brewed Drinks donated $50,000 to support those people and animals suffering.

Our country is burning and our hearts are breaking.Today our family donated $50,000 to support those people and…

Posted by Bundaberg Ginger Beer on Sunday, January 5, 2020

Queensland councils are fielding calls from residents and businesses seeking advice on how they can best contribute to emergency relief and recovery efforts in bushfire-devastated regions across the country. 

The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has donated $77,000 on behalf of councils, saying it will be directed to the same organisations identified by the State Government when it urged support for Queenslanders affected by fires in the months leading up to Christmas.

Bushfire donations

LGAQ said these organisations are all well known for their national focus and “on the ground” work in affected communities.

Given the tragic numbers of injured native animals requiring urgent treatment, the LGAQ bushfire donations will also be shared with the RSPCA and WIRES.  

Donations over $2 to any of these organisations are tax deductible. 

During these times, donations of money are regarded as the most valuable to ensure that people can make their own recovery choices.

The Red Cross in Queensland has already advised it is unable to accept donated goods and a similar response is likely from other agencies, unless they have specific local links and matching services. 

For community members wanting to provide food, Foodbank is asking for donations of food in bulk to help with their work. 

For those looking to volunteer, the best way to enlist is through Volunteering Australia.

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