Bushfire Benefit Draw one year on: How Red Cross has helped rebuild communities
One year ago, The Lott hosted the Saturday Lotto Bushfire Benefit Draw and donated profits to support several organisations helping communities recover from the disastrous Black Summer bushfire season.
Back before the shock of COVID-19, Australia faced the worst bushfire disaster in its history. Thanks to our customers, we donated $1.8 million to eight charity groups across the country.
One of the community groups The Lott supported was the Red Cross, who for the last 12 months have helped hard-hit communities across Australia rebuild their life after the devastation of the bushfires.
Thanks to multiple donors and many hard-working Red Cross volunteers and staff, the Red Cross has been able to achieve the following in the past 12 months:
- 49,718 people supported during the fires at 176 evacuation and relief centres, as well as over the phone
- 5,914 people (and counting) could meet urgent needs, make repairs, cover funeral or hospital costs, or find a safe place to live
- 21,563 people (and counting) were assisted with recovery through one on one support, information and referrals
- 5,000 people (and counting) in government and community services have been trained to support disaster-affected communities
- Registered 64,570 people through the Register.Find.Reunite service, helping loved ones locate each other and find services
- $8.3 million distributed to people hospitalised for injuries sustained as a direct result of the bushfires
- $58 million distributed to support people whose primary place of residence was destroyed to meet immediate housing needs
We thank all the community groups across Australia who helped our communities, customers, and staff rebuild from the bushfire disaster. To learn more about how the Red Cross is continuing to support those affected head to their website.