Harcourts Australian Operations Manager, Marcus Williams, presents the donation for Fiji recovery efforts to Red Cross Australia’s Trusts and Foundation Manager, Belinda Collins.
With thousands of people in Fiji needing assistance after the damage left by Cyclone Winston, the Harcourts Foundation in Australia responded with a $25,000 donation to the Red Cross.
The funds, together with over $15,000 given directly by business owners and employees from Harcourts New Zealand, will be used by the Red Cross to feed, shelter and offer medical assistance to those still without accommodation.
As a result of the worst cyclone in Fiji’s history, which struck in early February, more than 24,000 homes were damaged or destroyed, over 121,000 people required shelter, and 44 people lost their lives.
With many crops and markets destroyed as well, the recovery will only be possible through the sustained, sacrificial work of organisations such as the Red Cross and many others.
Julia Eyles, Harcourts Foundation Coordinator for Australia, said that it was a privilege to contribute to the people of Fiji, and that through the work of the Red Cross, the recovery of the South Pacific continued.
“The humanitarian need in Fiji is enormous, and we are glad to give our support to the Red Cross, an organisation with such established credibility and experience in disaster recovery.
“We were so relieved to hear that our Harcourts team and families in Fiji were safe and sound, but we understand that many parts of the country have a long road ahead of them,” said Julia.
“Through the generous giving of our Harcourts business owners and staff members throughout Australia, the Harcourts Foundation is able to respond quickly with a relatively large donation in events such as Cyclone Winston.”
The Harcourts Foundation continues to support hundreds of organisations around the country, enriching the lives of thousands of people, and moves ever more closely to the $4 million in total donations given since its launch in 2008.
For more information visit the website: www.harcourtsfoundation.org