The recent bushfires in Australia have devastated wildlife and natural habitats, taken human lives, destroyed thousands of homes and displaced countless people. And unfortunately, the devastating effects are not over, despite the fires finally being contained.
To help the wildlife, people and communities in the southern and eastern sections of the country heal and rebuild from the overwhelming trauma and damage caused by the fires, Volkswagen has pledged approximately $1.7 million USD (AUD$2.5 million) to bushfire relief and recovery.
“Thousands continue to suffer from this unprecedented disaster,” Volkswagen Group Australia’s Michael Bartsch said. “Volkswagen has been part of Australian life since the 1950s. Therefore, we step up both to assist those at forefront of this crisis and to aid in what will be a protracted recovery.”
The sizable donation from the automaker will be divided into specific categories to help support three areas of bushfire relief and recovery, according to Bartsch.
- Fire services and people impacted by the blazes
- Organizations dedicated to aiding endangered wildlife
- Reforestation efforts
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