$30,000 for fire relief fund

GIPPSLAND Emergency Relief Fund’s Bushfire Appeal has been given a significant boost, with Esso BHP Billiton donating $30,000 to the cause.

GERF has established the appeal to provide emergency relief and support for those who have lost homes, buildings, personal property, fencing and livestock.

GERF president John Mitchell said the Esso and BHP Billiton contribution was the first major corporate donation to the appeal, and urged individuals and organisations to donate generously.

“The $30,000 donation from Esso and BHP Billiton is a major boost to our appeal and their ongoing support is greatly appreciated and valued,” he said.

“These funds will be quickly distributed to help families and local businesses recover from the devastating impacts of the fire.

“The donations will be used to help people’s immediate needs for food, clothing, utensils, furniture, bedding and getting children back to school.”

Wellington Shire mayor Cr Scott Rossetti also encouraged people to donate to the cause.

“Esso and BHP Billiton stepped up to the plate so quickly and they need to be acknowledged,” he said.

“GERF is a great fund in that every dollar that comes in goes back out.

“I was speaking to a gentleman out at Seaton who had lost 50km of fencing but said it was different to 2006 as there was so much more help around.

“People can go out with BlazeAid and build fences, but people wonder how they can contribute and I strongly encourage them to donate.

The Gippsland bushfire appeal will provide assistance to people living in Gippsland who suffer injury, loss or damage from the fires.

GERF is a registered charitable organisation, with donations being tax deductible and 100 per cent of all donations will used to directly help Gippsland residents impacted from the fires.

Donations to the GERF can be made in three ways:

At any branch of the National Australia Bank, BSB 083 932, account number 04829 9080;

via post to Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund, PO Box 508, Traralgon, Victoria, 3844; or

via PayPal by following the link on the GERF website at www.relieffund.org.au