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Bank supports Red Cross flood recovery project

1 April 2011 |Media centre

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank’s philanthropic arm, Community Enterprise Foundation™, is assisting people to recover from the devastating Queensland floods by donating $300,000 to Red Cross work.

The donation will go towards the new Red Cross Queensland Flood Recovery Project, which aims to support affected Queenslanders in the long term.

Australian Red Cross National Manager Emergency Services, Andrew Coghlan, said Red Cross was always there for people in need, providing relief and long-term assistance following disasters.

“Over the past few months, Red Cross has provided support to more than 50,000 people through evacuation and recovery centres, and outreach in affected communities across Queensland. Many of these people require ongoing support,” Mr Coghlan said.

The grant from the Community Enterprise Foundation’s™ Queensland Flood Appeal will be used to support a broad range of recovery initiatives to provide assistance to flood-affected residents, including;

A recovery unit that will be central to the coordination of the initiatives.
Recovery training for community leaders.
Youth recovery resources, to assist young people in flood-affected areas.
Community Information sessions.
“Ensuring that communities are empowered is critical to their recovery.

“Red Cross will work closely with communities to aid them with the planning, design and management of their recovery effort.”

“Recovery from disasters of this scale is inevitably a long term process. Through the support of the foundation we’re able to commit to providing support for the long term.”

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, Queensland State Manager, Noel Jessup, said the bank was committed to helping communities recover from the devastating floods.

“Many communities have been shocked by the impact of the floods and the widespread damage that has occurred,” Mr Jessup said.

“Successful recovery from a disaster relies on understanding the complexity of the situation and supporting the affected communities to determine how to best recover.

“We will continue working with communities as they rebuild. I’d like to encourage people to continue to show their support by making a donation,.” Mr Jessup said.

Donations to the Queensland Flood Appeal can be made at any Bendigo Bank branch or online at www.bendigobank.com.au/foundation. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.

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