Skip to main content
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank logo.

Community generosity ignites $90,000 for Bendigo Bank’s Western Victoria Bushfire Appeal

3 May 2024 |Announcements

Communities across the Western Victorian Pyrenees region who suffered during recent bushfires will receive $90,000 through Bendigo Bank’s Western Victoria Bushfire Appeal, with one grant already out the door.

The first grant has gone to Blazeaid, a volunteer-based organisation that works with communities in rural Australia after natural disasters. The appeal has donated almost $10,000 to help fund showers at the Blazeaid camp in Buangor.

CEO of Blazeaid, Melissa Jones said the funds have assisted greatly with setting up the Blazeaid camp, where volunteers would be working to help repair properties destroyed in the fires.

“I want to thank those who have generously supported the appeal and in turn supported our organisation to strengthen and rebuild this community. Community Bank Beaufort and Community Bank Avoca have spearheaded the campaign, and we are working together on the ground in a community-led approach,” Ms Jones said.

Blazeaid volunteers at the Buangor Camp. Photo supplied by Blazeaid.

The Bendigo Bank 2024 Western Bushfire Appeal has been facilitated by the Bank’s charitable arm, the Community Enterprise Foundation, which has extensive expertise running appeals across Victoria and nationally.

The appeal has also been led and supported by Community Bank Beaufort and Community Bank Avoca, who both kicked the appeal off with $10,000 donations.

Community Bank Beaufort Chair, Alan McCartney said with homes lost and significant farm infrastructure damaged or lost including shedding, fencing and stock, the Community Banks in the affected districts wanted to do everything they could to help the local community get through this challenging time.

“Community Bank Beaufort and Community Bank Avoca are here to support our customers and our communities in any way we can,” Mr McCartney said.

“We are so proud the Appeal has already raised $90,000 with the rest of the funds to be allocated over the medium and longer term based on where the community most needs them, and with the close consultation of community leaders, businesses, and organisations.”

For those still looking to donate, the Appeal remains open and can be found here: Pyrenees Bushfire Appeal | Community Enterprise Foundation

More information on the recovery process can be found here: Bayindeen fire recovery information - Pyrenees Shire Council

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Peoples of this nation and the Traditional Custodians of the land where we live, learn and work. We pay our respects to Elders past and present as it is their knowledge and experience that holds the key to the success of future generations.

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited, ABN 11 068 049 178 AFSL / Australian Credit Licence 237879. Any advice provided on this website is of a general nature only and does not take into account your personal needs, objectives and financial circumstances. You should consider whether it is appropriate for your situation. Information on this page can change without notice to you.
© Copyright 2024 Bendigo and Adelaide Bank