Red Cross raises $315m for bushfire victims

Red Cross raises $315m for bushfire victims

17 April 2009

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Australia —

The Red Cross has urged organisers of Black Saturday fundraisers not yet held to contact the charity as the appeal closes today after raising more than $315 million.

Red Cross chief executive officer Robert Tickner thanked the hundreds of thousands of Australians who had donated money and volunteers who had given their time.

“The worst natural disaster in recent memory took lives and property on an unprecedented scale, and has left a scar not only on our landscape but on our national psyche,” he said.

“In the face of immense challenges, the power of humanity to unite people for a cause should never be underestimated, and I am proud to report that we have raised more than $315 million.”

The distribution of Red Cross donations is being overseen by an independent panel headed by former Victorian governor John Landy.

About $228 million has so far been allocated.

Mr Tickner said money would help survivors find shelter, rebuild homes, and allow families to farewell loved ones with dignity.

“We are asking the public to send us any money they have collected by the end of June at the latest,” he said.

He said anyone who had planned a fundraiser to be held after today should contact the Red Cross on 1800 811 700

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