Tech Companies Give Aid Amidst Australian Bushfire Crisis

Tech Companies Give Aid Amidst Australian Bushfire Crisis

The world was taken by storm when Australia’s fire season reached the extremes with air quality measuring up to 11 times the hazardous level and 28 people declared deceased as of the 14th of January according to an article published by CNN. As the widespread Australian bushfire deals massive damage to bushlands, homes, national parks, and wooded areas across the country, the world turns its attention to the Land Down Under and gives its share for the recovery efforts.

Brendon Foye from CRN Australia reported that many individuals and organisations from all over the world, as well as Australia’s own tech companies, are extending their hands from their own pockets to give full support to the firefighters and the communities affected.

Amazon Australia’s pledge

The multinational e-commerce company, Amazon Australia, pledged a total of AU$1 million straight to organisations that deal with the situation first-hand. It will also support the ongoing technical support for government agencies.

Some of the organisations include BlazeAid, a volunteer-based organisation that assists those affected by natural disasters. Amazon is also promoting BlazeAid’s wishlist on the online platform, which allows its customers to contribute by purchasing items from its curated list. 

Additionally, they will also make cash donations to charities and organisations such as the Australian Red Cross, Rural and Country Fire Services, The Salvation Army, and WIRES. They have also offered in-kind technical support for both national government and state-based agencies.

SAP gives for Australian bushfire

In 2009, German multinational software company, SAP, provided the Country Fire Authority (CFA) with a CRM software. This year, SAP chipped in a total of €100,000 (around AU$161,700) to the Australian Red Cross. They have also initiated fundraising efforts across its offices in Australia, particularly in Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney, which amounted to more than AU$8,000.

SAP also offered unlimited paid leave to its staff who are volunteering at a recognised organisation. Those who cannot volunteer were given the option to donate via SAP’s workplace giving program. One hundred per cent of the donations are given to the chosen organisations.

Damien Bueno, SAP ANZ’s managing director, talked about how the current situation affected the communities and the country’s wildlife.

In his statement, he said that he hopes SAP’s efforts will “help support our staff, their families, and communities during this incredibly difficult time.” He also acknowledged the volunteers who are helping on the frontline.

Telecommunications Companies

Telecommunications company, Telstra, promised to make mobile bills free for the volunteer fighters who for December and January. They also offered assistance packages to all volunteers who have assisted in the State Emergency Services or its state equivalents. Even customers affected by the Australian bushfire in the states of New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, and Victoria will get access to assistance packages on top of other offers for bushfire victims.

Free access to Telstra public payphones and Telstra Air wi-fi hotspots were also provided to Telstra customers who were impacted for a short period.

British multinational telecommunications company, Vodafone, also waived mobile network usage charges for Rural Fire Service’s volunteer firefighters. They have also offered plans covered by its hardship policy for those who were heavily impacted.

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