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Initial Funding Offer Launched as South West Bushfires Relief Fund hits $300000

The South West bushfires relief fund has now raised $300,000, including over $50,000 from Bendigo Bank’s Community Bank® network and $80,000 from District 9780 Rotary Clubs.

The bushfire appeal is being supported through Bendigo and Adelaide Bank’s Community Enterprise Foundation by Cobden & Districts Community Bank® in partnership with Cobden District Community Health Services.

Cobden and Districts Community Bank Branch and Appeal Chair, James Green, said the Appeal committee was pleased to be able to launch a funding offer for the initial distribution of funds.

"We are lucky enough to have been able to gain input to our committee from a great range of people and organisations including local shires, State Government and community organisations,” he said.

"The funding offer is aimed at those directly affected through loss of property, stock and other assets."

“We are endeavouring to get the application forms directly to those impacted by the fires and will also have forms available at the Cobden and Camperdown Bendigo Bank branches, Corangamite, Moyne and Southern Grampians Shire offices, and WestVic Dairy.”

Acceptance of the offer for funding will close on 6th July and further funding will be undertaken in the future with a focus on events that strengthen communities affected by the St Patrick’s Day fires.

"Although we are starting to distribute funds, the appeal will remain open to further donations and we encourage people wishing to contribute to the relief effort to go on-line to: www.bendigobank.com.au/southwestvicbushfire or visit their local Bendigo Bank branch where donations can be made.”

"Donations over $2 are tax deductible and can also be made by phoning 1300 304 541." Mr Green concluded.

The fund is administered by Bendigo Bank’s philanthropic arm, Community Enterprise Foundation. Funds raised will help the communities impacted by the disaster rebuild and recover.

South West Victorian fire Appeal is a management account of the Community Enterprise Foundation ABN 69 694 230 518, PO Box 480, Bendigo Vic 3552. Funds raised from this appeal will be disbursed as grants and gifts to eligible charitable organisations to assist with relief, recovery and reconstruction projects for communities in the fire effected areas of South West Victoria.

Contact details: James Green, Committee Chair: 0418 529 201

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