BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities (BSC) – a charity established by BHP Billiton as part of its community investment program – has donated A$250,000 to the Salvation Army to support the worst-hit areas by Cyclone Marcia.
According to BHP’s press release, the funding will be directed towards Salvation Army’s “Fill a Fridge” initiative, which was recently launched to provide essential food and household items to community members in central Queensland impacted by Cyclone Marcia.
The Salvation Army’s Major Colin Maxwell said the funding would help the organisation provide better care for those in need of assistance.
“The Salvation Army is always concerned for people in need and the impacts of Cyclone Marcia have meant that some people are in need of basic food and other necessities that they simply can’t afford,” Major Maxwell said.
BHP Billiton President, Coal, Mike Henry, said the company was committed to help out Queensland communities impacted by the recent cyclone. He said that in addition to the A$250,000 provided by BSC, the company has also provided seven power generators through the BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA), which has coal operations in central Queensland.
“Many of our employees live in these communities and our people at BMA are on the ground and continuing to work with local Disaster Management Groups across affected areas to assess what further support can be provided,” Mr Henry said.
In addition to the A$250,000 donation, BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities will donate two dollars for every one dollar donated by an employee through the BHP Billiton Matched Giving Program.