In an effort to assist people affected by Australia’s bushfires, Rio Tinto has donated an additional A$750 000 to the Red Cross’ disaster relief and recovery efforts.It adds to the A$250 000 Rio Tinto donated to the Red Cross in November, bringing the company’s total donation to A$1 million. Rio Tinto chief executive J-S Jacques said, “With the escalation in the bushfire crisis, which has caused devastation for many Australians, we have increased our donation to A$1 million to support the Red Cross in its tireless work caring for affected communities.”
The funds will be used to help Red Cross emergency service teams provide vital support to impacted communities including:
- safe places to take shelter;
- psychological first aid to reduce trauma;
- information and practical assistance through the time it can take to recover; and
- longer-term recovery programmes in affected communities.