The organisation is calling on the nation’s citizens to lend a helping hand by digging deep and donating to the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.
More than 4392 Australia Post outlets nationwide – 2551 being in rural and remote areas – are now accepting donations over the counter.
Australian Red Cross director of engagement and support Belinda Dimovski said the funds raised would go towards Red Cross volunteers providing psychological first aid, working at evacuation centres and helping to connect loved ones.
The partnership follows the organisations working together to provide relief to those affected by the drought last year, which had Australians donate more than $135,000 through Australia Post stores.
Ms Dimovski said Australia Post also supported the team by distributing flyers on behalf of the Red Cross to the farming communities during the drought appeal.
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“The great thing about working with this team is knowing how embedded they are in communities affected by the bushfires,” she said.
“Their teams and staff are affected by the same circumstances, and the organisation is very aligned with ours, so it is great to have Australia Post on board as they understand the important work we do.”
With #bushfire conditions expected to continue across NSW, it’s important to #getprepared in case you need to leave home quickly. Get a pack together and check on your neighbours in case anyone needs help #NSWbushfires https://t.co/DCTCxmgCmF pic.twitter.com/hDo0bs5pEv
— Australian Red Cross (@RedCrossAU) November 12, 2019
Currently, 110 specialist personnel have been deployed to help bushfire affected communities in about 21 evacuation centres across Australia.
These areas include the Forster area, Clarence Valley, Nambucca, Port Macquarie, Northern Rivers, Kempsey, areas in Queensland and Port Lincoln in South Australia.
“We help the communities cope and recover after the event, and we work with them to understand what it is that they need to recover long term,” Ms Dimovski said.
“This takes months and even years, so we want to make sure we’re there for as long as the communities affected need us.”
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Australia Post executive general manager Nicole Sheffield said: “Australia Post has a large presence in rural and remote Australia and I want to recognise and give my heartfelt thanks to our people on the ground who are playing a critical part in supporting their communities.
“It’s an extremely emotional time and our thoughts are with the many people impacted by the devastation of these bushfires.
“Our priority is that our core services are up and running and that our workforce is safe.
“We are offering free mail redirection services to people who have had to leave their homes as a result of the bushfires.
Bushfires around Australia mean our centres in Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Taree and Byron Bay mobile donor centre are currently closed. Our thoughts are with our colleagues and the community affected by these fires. We’ll update you when we can re-open the affected centres. pic.twitter.com/f5oTyd8xj7
— Red Cross Blood Au (@redcrossbloodau) November 12, 2019
“We are also encouraging our workforce to support the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund through our Workplace Giving Program. Australia Post matches employee donations up to $200 per annum.”
Ms Dimovski advised Australians wanting to know more about ongoing bushfires or get in touch with loved ones to download the Get Prepared app and register to find loved ones living in affected areas on the Red Cross website.
“The most stressful thing in a disaster is being in touch with loved ones,” she said.
“You might not know where or how they are, and we have the resources to locate and link families.
“To register is free, and our website and app is also great to make sure you’re prepared for bushfire season.
“It helps you establish a plan and network so you can ask for help when you’re in an emergency.”
Australia Post is a key partner with News Corp Australia’s Pride of Australia awards, which celebrate everyday heroes in our communities.