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Australian businesses show their support for World Vision’s Nepal Earthquake Appeal

World Vision
8 May 2015 by Kyla-Jane Rickard
Australian businesses show their support for World Vision’s Nepal Earthquake Appeal

People unite to stand #withNepal in Sydney. Photo by Michele Mossop

It’s amazing to see how people come together after a disaster like the Nepal Earthquake. The outpouring of generosity from everyday Australians has been extraordinary – and World Vision is proud to see the many different ways our Corporate Partners are stepping up to help out as well.

Following reports that the UN and its humanitarian partners appealed to international donors to provide US$415 million to respond to the humanitarian needs of those affected, business leaders joined the Nepalese community on Thursday in calling on the Australian public to continue helping those who need it most right now.

“It’s been incredible to see the business community reach out to the people of Nepal in their darkest hour, but we’re calling for even more support,” said George Savvides, Chairman of World Vision Australia.

It was a great opportunity for Australians to show solidarity and support for the people of Nepal in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake. It also made for some incredible photography!

People unite to stand #withNepal in Sydney. Photo by Michele Mossop

People unite to stand #withNepal in Sydney. Photo by Michele Mossop

As well as dedicating time from their busy schedules, our Corporate Partners have been digging deep to support World Vision’s emergency relief efforts. Yesterday, our long-term partners at Jetstar Australia ran a generous offer to donate $1 from every passenger ticket sold online to our Nepal Appeal. They’re also promoting our appeal across their social media channels, and collecting money in flight!

Jetstar Australia and New Zealand CEO, David Hall said: “In the wake of the devastating earthquake in Nepal, we’re working with our team members and customers to support the community by partnering with our StarKids partner World Vision to contribute to the relief effort. I know there are many worthy causes to support, but in this time of need I’d call on other businesses to do what they can to help the people of Nepal.”

Australian business leaders join World Vision to stand #withNepal in Sydney. Photo by Michele Mossop

Australian business leaders join World Vision to stand #withNepal in Sydney. Photo by Michele Mossop

The amazing team at Blue Illusion donated 10% of their online sales last Thursday to the Nepal Appeal – and they’re planning for a major in-store campaign in July.

Our partners at the Football Federation Australia have organised to promote the Nepal Appeal at the A-League Semi Final Between Melbourne City and Melbourne Victory, and Groupon Australia have already raised over $40,000 with an online donation campaign.

Groupon ANZ CEO, Alistair Venn said: “Together with World Vision, Groupon is raising funds for the Nepal Earthquake Emergency Appeal to help provide urgent supplies to survivors and rebuild the lives of the devastated communities. We’re calling on our staff, business partners and customers to donate generously in hope that our contribution goes a long way towards the $415 million appeal target. By rallying together, collectively we can make a real difference.”

A  great start to a partnership - Nudie Juice provided refreshments for everyone at the #withNepal event in Sydney. Photo by Michele Mossop

A great start to a partnership – Nudie Juice provided refreshments for everyone at the #withNepal event in Sydney. Photo by Michele Mossop

And that is just a taste – Optus, St George, Microsoft, Suncorp, ABC Tissues, Data#3 Limited, Technology One Ltd, the Credit Union of Australia and many others are all doing their bit as well.

St.George Banking Group CEO, George Frazis said in times of need, it’s important for the business community to step up and support those impacted by tragedy. “Nepal has always been a very popular place for Australians to visit and we also have many people of Nepalese heritage here. In the wake of the devastating earthquake, Australian businesses can show leadership and use their broad networks to provide support and assistance to the Nepalese community.”

Strong and committed partnerships are crucial in creating sustained, long-term impact that helps to eliminate poverty and its causes – and in an emergency, it helps to get much needed relief where it needs to go. You can learn more about partnering with World Vision and who some of our major partners are by visiting our website. You can support World Vision’s emergency response in Nepal by donating to our Nepal Earthquake Appeal – or by supporting the efforts of our partners!

Kyla-Jane Rickard Kyla-Jane Rickard

Kyla-Jane is the Manager of Corporate Partnerships for World Vision Australia.

 

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