Australian Corporates Dig Deep for QLD Flood Relief : Updated
20 January 2011 at 10:22 am
Many Australian corporates are digging deep for Queensland flood relief – with details of donations over $10,000 listed on the Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal website.
The Premiers Flood Relief Appeal has received 47 donations of $100,000 or more, with the total amount of money so far donated almost hitting $85 million.
The largest 15 donation received by the Premiers Flood Relief Appeal and the largest 15 donations committed to the Appeal are shown below:
Major donations received
|South Australian Government||$1,000,000|
|Western Australia Government||$1,000,000|
|National Australia Bank||$400,000|
Major donations committed
|Queensland Government additional commitment||$10,000,000|
|Flight Centre Ltd||$2,000,000|
|New South Wales Government||$1,000,000|
|Harvey Norman & Myer and their Suppliers||$750,000|
|Virgin Blue Group||$750,000|
|ANZ staff account and ANZ matching||$709,489|
|Northern Territory Government||$500,000|
View the full list here.
Woolworths Match Donations Dollar for Dollar
Woolworths announced last week it will match donations, dollar for dollar, made to the Salvation Army Flood Appeal through Woolworths Supermarkets, Big W or Dick Smith stores until Thursday 20th January.
Woolworths' CEO Michael Luscombe has also called upon Australians to give generously, insisting that there will be no limit to Woolworths’ donation – Woolworth’s will simply match the generosity of their customers.
If you can’t get to a Woolworths, Big W or Dick Smith store, you can donate to The Salvation Army’s Flood Appeal by calling 13 SALVOS (137258) or online at www.salvos.org.au.
Woolworths announced on January 18th that donations to the Salvation Army Flood Appeal through their stores had passed $5.3 million. With the company matching each dollar donated, the current donation stands at more than $10 million with a couple of days still to go.
Woolworths says the average individual donation so far has been $32.74.
QLD Businesses Help Each Other Out
Business around Queensland are also pitching in to help out other businesses through the ‘Save a Business’ initiative.
Brisbane based small business Creative Intersection have put their expertise in web design and online application to work to develop a website that connects businesses that have been inundated with flood water with free, temporary office space and facilities.
Creative Intersection’s Managing Director, Ian Exaudi, says the whole community needs to stick together to avoid an ongoing catastrophe in the local economy.
Creative Intersection has launched the website www.SaveABusiness.com.au which allows any business to register the facilities and services that they are willing to donate to other businesses who have been affected by the floods.
Businesses whose premises have been affected by floods can then search the database for those facilities and services to find ways to keep going until they get back on their feet.
Creative Interspection, being the first business to register, is offering the use of 5 desk spaces with internet and phone access in their office in West Ashgrove.
Exuadi says its not an entirely selfless act. Exaudi says if people don’t help out their business ‘neighbours’ now, they may not be here tomorrow and we rely on those neighbours for our own livelihoods. Exaudi says he thinks that’s what defines a Business Community,