City of Perth makes pledge to donate to Red Cross bushfire appeal

At last night’s special Council meeting, City of Perth Commissioners announced a donation of $50,000 to the Australian Red Cross bushfire disaster appeal.

The City of Perth’s donation will be amplified by the community fundraising drive at the Australia Day Skyworks 2020 event, calling on hundreds of thousands of attendees to dig deep and support our fellow Australians in need.

The total tally of this fundraising effort will be announced post-event.

“The City of Perth’s deepest sympathies are with those communities and families who continue to be affected by the bushfires in many parts of Australia,” Chair Commissioner Andrew Hammond said.

“In solidarity with all Australians, and acknowledging the significant support needed for the recovery of these communities, the City of Perth is leading efforts with its event partners to raise community funds in conjunction with the Australia Day Skyworks event.

“The City of Perth will make its own contribution to this community fundraising effort by donating a further $50,000 to the Red Cross.”

The City undertook a review of the many bushfire appeals and the Australian Red Cross has been identified as the most appropriate national charity to receive donations from the fundraising.

The Australian Red Cross will direct money raised to current and future emergency and disaster relief across Australia, including the ongoing coordination of over 70 evacuation centres, providing food, immediate relief and counselling services to people displaced by the fires and issuing financial grants of $5,000 to households who have lost their home or it has been deemed inhabitable within New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland.

The City of Perth Skyworks is the biggest Australia Day event in the country and as part of the event, the City is also encouraging Western Australians to come together on Australia Day to build community spirit, show support for those impacted by the bushfire emergencies across Australia and raise money for fellow Australians.

How Skyworks attendees can donate:

1) Make a donation to the Australian Red Cross online via the City of Perth fundraising page.

2) Join us for the City of Perth Australia Day Skyworks on Sunday 26 January and look out for City of Perth fundraising volunteers who will be roving throughout the event collecting donations via EFTPOS and cash. Volunteers will wear distinguished, orange City of Perth uniforms.

3) Volunteers will also be accepting donations between 3pm and 8pm at three donation points located at Sir James Mitchell Park in South Perth, Langley Park on Perth Foreshore or Kings Park during Skyworks.

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