Thanks again to you and all at Ritchies for your generous support in response to the recent Gippsland Bushfires. We are so grateful for your generosity and commitment to assist our fellow Aussies whenever the unexpected happens.
As per the letter I received from the Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation, I have today posted a receipt and letter of thanks to the Foundation.
Please know how grateful we are for your continued support and how seriously we take our responsibility, and the trust you place in us, to provide emotional support and practical assistance to those affected.
If you would be so kind as to please pass our thanks to Fred and the team, I would be most grateful.
With best wishes,
Business Development Representative | Communications and Fundraising Department
The Salvation Army
Ritchies Emergency Relief Fund was originally set up in 2004 in response to the devastating tsunami in south-east Asia.
Since that time, more than $750,000.00 has been distributed through the fund to help in times of natural disaster including Victorian and New South Wales bushfires, Cyclones Larry and Yasi and the Queensland floods.
Internationally, the Emergency Relief Fund has helped victims of the South- east Asian Tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and Oxfam’s East Africa Food Crisis Appeal set up to help people devastated by the most serious drought in over 60 years, affecting Northern Kenya, Somalia and southern Ethiopia.
In March 2012, in March 2012, Ritchies donated another $20,000 from its Emergency Relief Fund in recognition of emergency service volunteers’ contribution to the floods, which hit the north-east of Victoria.
A donation of $10,000 was made to support people affected by fires in the Gippsland area. (See letter of thanks from Salvation Army above).
All money accumulated in Ritchies Emergency Relief Fund is held in trust by the Lord Mayors Charitable Foundation until such time as it is needed to assist locally, nationally or internationally.