BP Australia have furthered their financial commitment to the ongoing bush fire emergency, this week pledging $500,000 to be shared between the Red Cross and Salvation Army.
It comes as fires continue to ravage areas across Australia, with NSW, VIC and SA having been particularly hard hit. The donation is in addition to the $135,000 the company donated last month to various charities and fire services involved in the recovery effort.
COO Fuels AsPac and Air BP Frederic Baudry said the company had been working closely with emergency services in an effort to maintain fuel supplies to affected communities, and at present all 1,400 BP retail sites were operational.
“This situation is unprecedented and it’s terrible to see the impact it’s having. In tragic times like these though, the BP family comes together and the strength of our people and values shines through. I’m humbled by how everyone is coming together to show their concern and support,” Mr Baudry said.
“And incredibly proud of how our local team is playing a role to keep emergency services running and the community on the move. Our recent pledge of financial support will also provide a helping hand to those in need plus we’ll continue to monitor the situation and look for other ways we can support.”
They join companies across Australia offering financial support, including Remedy Drinks who this morning announced that from today-January 15, 100% of global online sales will be donated, in addition to working with Foodbank to distribute Remedy drinks to victims and emergency services.
Woolworths and Coles have also donated both food and supplies and offered significant financial contributions. And Coca-COla Amatil this week announced they would donate more than 250,000 bottles of water and Powerade to assist emergency service workers and families in recovery centres in NSW, SA and VIC.
The drinks – a whopping 10,400 cases worth, will be delivered to Foodbank, Australian Defence Force units and air ambulance services. And are in addition to beverage donations made to affected areas last month. The company are also running a Matched Giving Appeal through the Salvation Army to match employee donations.
In convenience channels, The Austalasian Association of Convenience Stores (AACS) have pledged a $3000 to the Red Cross. CEO Jeff Rogut said many members of the AACS and the communities they work in have been affected.
“Convenience stores are pillars in local communities throughout Australia and when help is needed at the local level, our members invariably play their part. As the Association representing their interests, it’s important we play our part too,” he said.