Minderoo Foundation is proud to support the Australia Unites: Red Cross Flood Appeal to help communities affected by the Queensland and New South Wales flood disaster, by contributing $1 million. This will support a combination of relief for people and communities affected by the floods as well as resilience projects to help our at-risk communities be better prepared for future disasters.
Members of the Minderoo Foundation Fire and Flood Resilience initiative have been on the ground in both south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales working with a range of support agencies to assess what further assistance Minderoo Foundation can provide.
Minderoo Foundation Chairman, Dr Andrew Forrest AO, said disasters such as these are an increasing part of our lives, and that the foundation remains committed to being part of the solution to reduce the harm that these disasters have on our communities.
“This is our opportunity to build back stronger and to lift our whole country. We need to build resilience to withstand disasters like these in the future – we owe it to ourselves and to our kids,” said Dr Forrest.
Minderoo Foundation Co-Chair Nicola Forrest offered sincere condolences to those who have lost everything.
“We are absolutely heart-broken to see the trauma and devastation caused by this flood disaster,” said Mrs Forrest.
“We are proud to stand with you to help provide immediate relief to those who need it most, and we extend our support and gratitude to all our emergency services, partners and volunteers who are on the ground working day and night to respond.”
CEO of Minderoo Foundation, Andrew Hagger, said supporting communities with immediate relief and to build resilience is part of who we are as Australians.
“The Australia Unites: Red Cross Flood Appeal is a truly meaningful way to come together to help the people who need it most at this time. Minderoo Foundation is proud to support it,” said Mr Hagger.
“We continue to work with our long-established partners including the Salvation Army, Australian Red Cross, Disaster Relief Australia, Lifeline Australia and a range of volunteer organisations.”
Minderoo Foundation will also air a community service announcement during the telethon and in coming weeks with details of how people can sign up for the Australian Resilience Corps – an initiative with founding partner NRMA Insurance, to connect aspiring volunteers with existing volunteer organisations to help prepare and protect communities.
Launched late last year, the volunteer network will work with communities before fire and flood disasters hit to build long-term resilience.
Established by Andrew and Nicola Forrest in 2001, we are a modern philanthropic organisation seeking to break down barriers, innovate and drive positive, lasting change. Minderoo Foundation is proudly Australian, with eight key initiatives spanning from ocean research and ending slavery, to collaboration in cancer and community projects.