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Australia Bushfire support from across News Corp

18/02/2020 12:20 PM

Addressing the tragic bushfires in Australia during News Corp’s earnings call this month, Chief Executive Robert Thomson noted that “our reporters and editors and photographers have done an extraordinary job in tracking the fires and highlighting the impact of the tragedy on towns and regions that will take much time to recover.”

News Corp and its founders have pledged more than AUD$11 million to bushfire relief efforts, and in addition, staff from across several News Corp businesses came together to provide support through a series of events and fundraisers.

At Move, the Westlake Village, CA green team initiated a donation drive to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary & Hospital in Queensland, collecting a number of sheets and pillowcases for animal wildfire victims in Australia.
At Dow Jones, DJ Green members from Hong Kong and Singapore helped colleagues engage in relief efforts by organizing a list of key organizations and charities that are providing critical services to those affected
The Wall Street Journal Membership team hosted a pop-up shop in New York City featuring various swag items; the proceeds helped raise money for the Australian bushfire relief efforts.

At the Dow Jones Singapore office, Joey pouches were created from scratch by volunteers from Diversity & Inclusion groups DJ Green, DJparents@apac, Pride@DJ, and Women@DJ Singapore.

At News UK, fundraising for the Australian Bushfires appeal was initiated through a series of events and fundraisers. From collections in the canteen to sponsored spin classes, fashion sales and activities across the business, more events will be running over the coming weeks to raise money for the cause.

…And a Thank You from News Corp Australia

Thank you to our colleagues around the world for extending a helping hand to Australia during these devastating bushfires. While we mourn for our loved ones and communities, we have barely begun to fully comprehend the severity of the bushfires on our environment.

But there is hope. Even with some fires still burning, the bush has amazingly started to regenerate. This regeneration reminds us of how important our work with the GEI is to our environment. We’ll continue our efforts to help both the natural and constructed environments recover from this bushfire season.

A big part of that project will be achieved through the AUD$5 million donation from News Corp Headquarters and the AUD$4 million donation from our Executive Chairman and Co-Chairman. These generous donations will be combined with the funds raised from special bushfire editions of the Herald Sun, The Daily Telegraph, The Courier-Mail, The Advertiser and The Weekly Times, which added more than AUD$1.5 million to our bushfire appeal.

We have established a Bushfire Working Group chaired by Penny Fowler, News Corp Australia’s Community Ambassador, to ensure we are doing what we can to support firefighters and volunteers, help affected communities, and participate in the long-term recovery efforts in these communities.

Once again thank you, we are truly grateful for your support.

In true Aussie spirit – we’ll be right mate.