From lemonade stands and fundraiser barbecues through to stitching joey pouches for young orphaned animals, even the littlest Australians are doing their bit to support those devastated by the bushfires.
Children and educators attending Penguin early education centres across the country are activating several initiatives to support the communities from bushfire-ravaged areas.
And to bolster their efforts, G8 Education who owns and operates our centres, has announced it will match all donations dollar for dollar.
The announcement is part of G8’s Bushfire Relief Package aimed to support families, team members and volunteers protecting the communities within which they operate. This follows the evacuation and temporary closures of 25 of G8’s early childhood education centres due to the current fire crisis.
As a result of the bushfires:
- 121 G8 Education centres have been on watch and act alert.
- 22 centres were closed temporarily.
- Three centres were evacuated.
“Our immediate focus has been on the safety and care of the children, families and team members from our centres located in the impacted areas,” says G8 Education Managing Director Gary Carroll.
“Over the past few months we have been working closely with relevant authorities and acted quickly to ensure their safety.
“Our families and our people are at the heart of all that we do and the Disaster Relief Package is designed to lessen the burden for those who have been directly impacted by these devastating fires.”
G8’s Bushfire Relief Package includes:
- Matching dollar for dollar all donations raised by its national network of centres with proceeds donated to the Australian Red Cross Bushfire Appeal.
- Free access to early childhood education and care for children of the tens of thousands of volunteer firefighters and Australian Defence Reserve members fighting fires and in need of assistance.
- Counselling support for team members and their families directly impacted by the fire crisis.
- Direct financial support for G8 Education families and team members severely impacted by the bushfires.
“Our hearts go out to those impacted by the unprecedented bushfire crisis which has had all of us asking how we can help – even the youngest members of our communities,” Mr Carroll says.
“The children want to give and help out in any way they can. In fact they have led many of the fundraising activities at our centres, coming up with ideas and ways in which they can help families, wildlife and volunteer firefighters from those areas devastated by the bushfires.”
“As well as raising much-needed funds, some centres have been acting as collection points for necessary items such as food and clothing, with children even donating their favourite toys to those who have lost it all. It really is inspiring.”
Terms & Conditions include: Volunteer firefighters or Australian defence reserve members who live or work in the local community and are actively fighting the current bushfires can be offered free access to our centres for their children. Offers of free care can be made to any active volunteer firefighter or Australian defence reserve members that have been deployed in active fire-fighting or support work such as back-burning, during the current bushfire emergency anywhere across the nation. The offer applies to current, casual or new families and is offered for up to six weeks of free care for the child or children of active volunteer firefighters or Australian Defence Reserve members and care must be used by 28 February 2020. Families do not need to be currently using G8 centres to qualify. The offer of free care is subject to availability of places. Eligible volunteer firefighters and Australian Defence Force Reserve members must provide appropriate identification to access free care.