The Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund (GERF) is thrilled to receive a $10,000 donation from Australian Paper, a generous response to a recent appeal for contributions following the Gippsland bushfires.
GERF called on businesses and the wider community to make donations following the catastrophic bushfires around Yinnar, Bunyip and Walhalla earlier this year, which destroyed dozens of homes, sheds and machinery and kilometres of fencing.
GERF President John Mitchell said GERF received and responded to 58 applications for assistance, paying out a total of $129,000 to the Gippsland families who suffered significant property and asset losses.
“GERF was able to help these families get back on their feet with our existing funds. We now want to make sure we’re in the best place possible to respond to future crises,” Mr Mitchell said.
“That’s why we’re so grateful to Australian Paper for its generous donation.”
Australian Paper General Manager of Manufacturing Adrian Berton said the company was proud to contribute to a registered charity entirely run by volunteers, with a long history of support for the local community.
“The recent Gippsland bushfires have had a devastating impact on our region,” Mr Berton said.
“Being able to access timely financial assistance following this natural disaster is an important step in the recovery cycle for those who have been affected.
“Australian Paper appreciates this opportunity to support GERF’s positive work within the local community.”
Mr Mitchell thanked Australian Paper, and all the other businesses and community members who donated to GERF this past bushfire season.
He said, however, GERF still needed more than $60,000 to make up the deficit and cover the cost of donations made following the recent bushfires. He encouraged the community to donate if they were able to.
Donations can be made online at GERF’s website gerf.org.au, at any branch of the NAB bank across Australia, or in person at Alan Wilson Insurance Brokers at 40 Argyle Street Traralgon.
“Those who’d like to donate at a NAB branch simply need to let the teller know they wish to make a donation to the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund,” Mr Mitchell said.
“All donations over $2 are tax deductable, so it’s important to provide the NAB teller with your name and address so GERF can mail you a receipt.”
Donations can also be made by sending a cheque or money order to Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund, PO Box 508 Traralgon VIC 3844.
The Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund was established in 1978, and is operated by local volunteers for Gippsland communities affected by natural disaster events. Further information is available at www.gerf.org.au.
Australian Paper Maryvale has been a proud member of the Gippsland community since 1937. It is one of the Latrobe Valley’s leading employers supporting more than 2300 jobs in the region.