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Dec 21, 2019   |  1:08AM AET

RBB and Wanderers family support Australian Red Cross

RBB and Wanderers family support Australian Red Cross

Started as an initiative by the Red & Black Bloc and generously supported by members and partners including co-major partners Centuria and JD Sports, and senior partners Nike and Mitsubishi Electric who contributed to Australian Red Cross’ Disaster Relief and Recovery fund directly, a total of $48,812.47 has been collectively raised.

Started as an initiative by the Red & Black Bloc and generously supported by members and partners including co-major partners Centuria and JD Sports, and senior partners Nike and Mitsubishi Electric who contributed to Australian Red Cross’ Disaster Relief and Recovery fund directly, a total of $48,812.47 has been collectively raised.

On Friday night at the Wanderers double header at Bankwest Stadium, members of the RBB presented the Australian Red Cross with a cheque before the game.

Contributions to the RBB fundraising initiative, online and on match days, along with club partners direct contributions to Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery, is a testament to the goodwill and spirit that exists in the Western Sydney Wanderers community.

There are currently 110 fires burning across New South Wales today.

Australian Red Cross has supported people at seven evacuation centres with their personnel, the vast majority volunteers, working more than 800 shifts since 1 September.

The funds raised will help the Red Cross Disaster and Recovery emergency teams do their work.

Australian Red Cross helps people cope with the stress of an emergency, not only supporting them in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, but also on the long road to recovery.

Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas praised the initiative of the RBB to create this fantastic club and community moment.

“This is when the Wanderers are at our best, working together as a community to support our region,” said Tsatsimas.

“The bushfire danger in NSW is a continued threat and its affects will continue to put families in need of this disaster relief funding.

“With the RBB leading this initiative it has been a great opportunity for our members, fans, partners, and club to unite for a great cause.”

A spokesperson from the Red & Black Bloc thanked the club and community for its support in this fund-raising effort.

“Since we started collections for our bushfire fundraiser around four weeks ago, we cannot describe how proud we are of our local community,” 

“Between our Go Fund me page, cash collections, support from our sponsors and our corporate partners direct donations to Australian Red Cross, we are pleased to announce a total figure of $48,812.47 has been collectively raised,” said a spokesperson for the RBB.

“A big thank you to everyone who contributed and to all the businesses who also donated; this figure has been donated 100% to Australian Red Cross. Your generosity keeps charities such as the Red Cross going. Your support helps Red Cross get where they need to be. It helps trained Red Cross teams support people who are in shock, who have lost their homes, who are worried for their loved ones, and who are working out what to do next and allows Red Cross volunteers to check in on those affected and support their recovery in the difficult months ahead.

“Most importantly, it helps the Red Cross be there for disasters to come, through the summer and beyond.

“To RFS, Charities & all the volunteers assisting the most recent bushfires and to those who dedicate their time to help less fortunate each and every day – we salute you.”

Australian Red Cross Acting Director NSW/ACT Annie Harvey said, “Red Cross is incredibly grateful for the generosity of the Wanderers and Red and Black Block in supporting our trained volunteers be there for bushfire affected communities, including recent disasters, and future ones as they happen.

“Since the bushfire crisis, Red Cross has done more than 800 emergency shifts, around the clock, helping people in evacuation and recovery centres around the state, including running our Register, Find. Reunite service to connect relatives. 

“We know how fire-prone communities like Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains can be anxious at times like this and we stand by these communities to support you.

“Our work doesn’t stop today. Red Cross is there for people before, during and after disasters, and we will stand by communities in the weeks, months and years ahead on their road to recovery,” she said.

Please donate now at www.redcross.org.au/bushfires or by phoning 1800-RED-CROSS (733 276) Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.

Other partners included Pepper and McDonalds also contributed to the RFS Appeal.