Efforts by the Red Cross and World Wildlife Fund in Australia are to be supported through an in-app donations feature available for Revolut customers.
Digital banking firm Revolut has teamed up with two charities to offer customers a donations feature to support efforts to tackle the Australian bushfire disaster.
Its customers will be able to donate via an in-app donations feature to the Red Cross and World Wildlife Fund for the emergency appeal to help communities and wildlife affected by the bushfires across Australia.
This enables people to donate to the appeal as a recurring payment or through a one-off donation. There is no minimum donation and the feature can be turned on and off by customers at any time.
All proceeds for the Red Cross will go to the Australia Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund, which is providing water and food supplies, mental health support as well as satellite phones.
“The size and scale of these fires in many parts of Australia is unprecedented,” said Belinda Dimovski, Head of Engagement and Support at Australian Red Cross.
“But so is the incredible wave of support we’ve seen from people and businesses around the country and overseas. The funds we raise will ensure our trained staff and volunteers can continue to be there for the long-haul, helping people take a deep breath, take stock of their losses, and slowly but surely get back on their feet.
“We’ll also be giving out emergency grants to help people cover essential costs as they start to rebuild.”
Donations for the WWF will be used to help restore homes for koala bears and other wildlife through through planting 10,000 trees. The money will also be used for lobbying efforts to prevent tree clearing.
The intense bushfires ravaging Australia continue to have devastating impacts on people and nature. But you can help. Please donate now to help support the immediate response to the fires, recover critical habitats, & secure Australia’s natural resources: t.co/awW9ZGh2YP pic.twitter.com/VgyTYMFJGQ
— World Wildlife Fund (@World_Wildlife)
The intense bushfires ravaging Australia continue to have devastating impacts on people and nature. But you can help. Please donate now to help support the immediate response to the fires, recover critical habitats, & secure Australia's natural resources: https://t.co/awW9ZGh2YP pic.twitter.com/VgyTYMFJGQ— World Wildlife Fund (@World_Wildlife) January 13, 2020
Paul De Ornellas, Chief Wildlife Adviser at WWF, said: “More than one billion mammals, birds and reptiles are estimated to have been affected, including an estimated 30% per cent of the entire koala population in this area. Once the fires clear, we will need to work to restore what has been lost.
“While climate change does not cause bushfires, it does make them worse and more likely.
"The intensive heatwaves and extreme droughts of the past year have fanned the flames creating this state of emergency. We must all do our bit to protect our world from climate disaster - failure to act will make extreme events standard, with deadly consequences for people and nature.”
The bushfire disaster has affected all areas of Australia, but has hit New South Wales the hardest. More than 1,200 homes have been destroyed, 10 million hectares of land burnt and 1.25bn animals killed.
Tom Hambrett, Global Head of Legal at Revolut, added: “The support from everyone within the team here at Revolut during this difficult time in Australia has been really appreciated and I am confident that our global community of generous customers will appreciate the opportunity to donate and support those affected by these catastrophic fires.”