Commonwealth Games Australia has pledged $25,000 to the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal, along with a commitment to join national sporting partners in a program of activities to assist with the recovery in affected areas.
Commonwealth Games Australia President Ben Houston said the widespread devastation of the fires in many parts of Australia has impacted many sporting clubs and athletes from within the Commonwealth Games community.
“The devastating fires will have a long-lasting impact on many communities and along with a range of organisations from the Australian sporting fraternity Commonwealth Games Australia is ready to provide whatever assistance we can to help the recovery process,” Houston said.
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It is so hard to truly understand the level of devastation and suffering happening right now across the country from these fires. I am so grateful to the relentless work and sacrifice from the firies, most of who are volunteers, saving thousands of people’s homes and lives, and still continuing. From being down at Lake Conjola over the last week, you can feel the way the community has come together to support eachother. Everyone across Australia can come together as a country and support from afar aswell by donating to those who have sadly lost their homes and everything in them, and to the fire fighters and volunteers who are risking their lives daily. We can often feel helpless from far away but we can do the best we can by donating to those who have lost so much. Sadly our home town in Lake Conjola was hit very badly, and we were extremely lucky to be safe where we were. But our heart goes to the victims who lost so much, and to the place many call home. To help the victims from Lake Conjola’s recent bush fires of New Years follow the link in my bio 🔗 Some other suggestions are: *Australian Red Cross Disaster Recovery and Relief (just google it) You can also support our brave volunteer fire fighters: *NSW RFS Donations Page Those still in the areas, please be safe, we are thinking of you, and to those fighting these devastating fires, THANKYOU, SO SO MUCH🙏🏽
Commonwealth Games Australia CEO Craig Phillips said the CGA would work with national sporting organisations and the Australian Olympic Committee on a program of activities to help support communities impacted by the fires.
“Many Commonwealth Games Australia member sports have already announced bushfire fire appeal activities, including Bowls Australia, Netball Australia, Cricket Australia and Basketball Australia who have community clubs devastated by the fires. Hockey Australia and Squash Australia have also announced fundraising initiatives as have individual athletes such as the #kms4bushfires started by Delhi and Gold Coast athletics team member David McNeill.”
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I, like many others living in the relative safety of big cities, have felt a bit useless these past days and months as people and animals and sacred country around Australia have burnt. Without knowing how else to help, I figured I’d pledge a dollar for every km I run this week to supporting our firefighters and relief efforts. I’ll be making my donation to the @redcrossau . I’m hoping I can get some of my running family to maybe do the same 🙏 #kms4bushfires
Phillips said he had spoken with the Australian Olympic Committee CEO Matt Carroll about working together to ensure the efforts of all organisations are optimised.
“We will work with the AOC on supporting their programs with the aim of helping communities recover and also work with all three tiers of government to support where we can,” Phillips said.
“Obviously we share many sports and athletes across Olympics and Commonwealth Games sports so a co-ordinated program that assists rebuilding in impacted communities will be our goal, along with the immediate donation to the Red Cross appeal.”
To donate directly to the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal click here.