Update February 5: Lord Mayor on LMDRF

As we heard today, the fire in the north-west continues to rage with more than 86 properties sadly lost. Our hearts go out to all Western Australians affected.

We continue to be overwhelmed with support from the Western Australian community, with our current tally exceeding $6.1million for the Wooroloo and Hills Bushfire 2021 Appeal.

We’d like to formally acknowledge Corporate Australia, with many organisations digging deep including:

  • Rio Tinto for $2 million
  • Chevron for $1.2 million, plus employee dollar matching
  • South32 for $250,000, plus employee dollar matching
  • Woodside for $50,000, plus employee dollar matching
  • Coles Australia for $100,000, plus a state-wide in-store fundraising campaign at more than 300 Coles Group stores.

A generous offer of free legal advice to the LMDRF Board from legal firm Allens has also been accepted.

The Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund Board would like to acknowledge the amazing team at the City of Perth who are working behind the scenes on the Wooroloo and Hills Bushfire Appeal.

The City of Perth Customer Experience Team is the face behind the calls and emails for donations. For the past few days, they have been receiving almost 600 calls a day, answering more than 100 emails and 200 live chat requests, focusing mainly on bushfire donations and COVID-19 enquiries.

The volume of calls is triple what the team get on normal business days. However, the average queue time for someone to donate to the appeal is currently 33 seconds! Thanks team – keep up the good work.

For those making donations, please do your due diligence and make sure people raising funds on behalf of the LMDRF are legitimate. Anyone wanting to set up a donation page on behalf of the LMDRF will require authorisation from the LMDRF.

If in doubt, please donate direct to the LMDRF via www.appealswa.org.au.

Thank you,

LMDRF Presiding Chair Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas

To donate go to:

Website www.appealswa.org.au or https://www.perth.wa.gov.au/lmdrf or call 1300 998 227

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