Suncorp Group continues to support communities that were impacted by the recent catastrophic bushfires by donating $100,000 to the Australian Red Cross’ Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.
The donation, which follows an earlier $40,000 donation to emergency services in NSW and Queensland, will help Red Cross provide care to people who have been affected by the recent fires as well as ensure the organisation’s trained personnel are ready to respond.
Andrew Coghlan, head of emergency services at Australian Red Cross, said their role was to ensure that bushfire victims had somewhere safe to go and someone to stand with them.
“We work in evacuation centres, provide psychological first aid, help people make contact with their loved ones, and we support them as they recover and make future plans,” Coghlan said.
“Our support is ongoing and will continue to be there for as long as it takes for these communities to rebuild,” said Gary Dransfield, Suncorp Insurance CEO. “We understand how distressing these bushfires are for our customers and communities. This $100,000 donation will help Australian Red Cross provide practical and emotional support to people through an emergency and as they recover. Summer has barely begun and already we’ve seen bushfires and hailstorms across the eastern states. Now is the time for everyone to prepare their homes and properties, and ensure they have their emergency plans in place should an event hit.”
The Brisbane-based insurer said it is also double matching any donations that its staff make to support bushfire-affected communities.