Bendigo Bank launches Port Lincoln Bushfire Appeal
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank’s philanthropic arm, Community Enterprise Foundation™, has launched the Port Lincoln Bushfire Appeal.
The foundation is working in partnership with Port Lincoln Community Bank® Branch, Port Lincoln Lions Club and the State Emergency Services to help assist people in the region affected by the bushfire.
Port Lincoln Community Bank® Branch Manager, Phil Channon, said it’s the fourth time in eight years that a bushfire has struck the Lower Eyre Peninsula.
“This is devastating, especially at this time of year, but fortunately this time no lives have been lost.
“The fire has razed at least 10 homes, destroyed our local SES headquarters and has scorched more than 500 hectares of land.
“To assist Bendigo Bank customers that have suffered catastrophic loss as a result of the fire we will provide a fee and interest free cash advance so that our customers can buy clothes, food and even presents to get them through the Christmas period,” he said.
In 2005, the Lions Club of Port Lincoln Hostel was destroyed in the Black Tuesday fires, but President John Hunwick said with the assistance of the Bendigo Bank the hostel was rebuilt.
“We have seen first-hand that Bendigo Bank is dedicated to delivering money where it is most needed after an emergency.
“Thanks to the support of our local community and the bank we received more than $440,000 and rebuilt our facilities within 18 months,” he said.
Mr Channon said appeal has been kicked off with a $10,000 donation from Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. He is now urging the community to donate to the appeal.
“These fires have struck on the eve of Christmas and many people in our community need help to get back on their feet.
“I’d like to encourage everyone to dig deep and give what you can.”
People wanting to donate can log onto Bendigo Bank’s website www.bendigobank.com.au or call into any Bendigo Bank branch. Donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible.