FMCG multinational Johnson & Johnson (J&J) is donating $600,000 to the Australian Red Cross and St Vincent de Paul Society to aid recovery from the bushfire crisis, following an initial $50,000 donation from the local arm in November.
J&J has also donated 200,000 personal care items in addition to its ongoing product donation program with food charity organisation, Foodbank. The company is also offering employees who volunteering with emergency services uncapped paid leave.
“I’m proud to work at a company with a long history of providing assistance during disasters and an ongoing commitment to supporting the communities in which we live and work. We will continue to do all we can to support the affected communities now and in the coming months,” said Sue Martin, managing director, Australia & New Zealand, Johnson & Johnson Medical.
The Australian Red Cross has been collecting funds for Disaster Relief and Recovery since July 2019 and is using donations to help communities recover from the emergency.
“To start with, we’re using $15 million to help people meet immediate needs. This includes initial cash grants for everyone across Australia who has lost their home to bushfires since July 2019. That’s just the beginning. More financial assistance is being planned and we’ll start to announce it soon,” said Australian Red Cross.
“At the same time, our response to the ongoing fires continues. Whether it’s shelter and relief supplies for people who are stranded, information and psychological first aid at evacuation centres, or phone calls and home visits in communities trying to clean up and rebuild, we’ve been coordinating a multifaceted response to hundreds of emergencies across every state and territory.”