Donations to Disaster Response Trusts are an investment in resilience
In January 2020 while the devastating summer bushfires were still burning, two charitable trusts were established by the Business Council of Australia (BCA) and Equity Trustees in a bid to create a way to securely collect funds in readiness for the recovery and rebuilding effort to come.
“We know that the recent bushfires will not be our last – and the coronavirus pandemic has shown we will face further disasters as a country,” said Mick O’Brien, Managing Director, Equity Trustees.
A combined total of almost $10 million has been raised to date for these trusts from corporate, philanthropic and individual donors, to assist in the long and challenging rebuilding process in the impacted areas, and to support the families of volunteers who died on duty while helping others.
The Australian Volunteers Support Trust (AVST) was established to look after the families of volunteers who die in the course of providing volunteer services during a disaster. The AVST is now at the ready to support impacted families.
The AVST Panel, chaired by The Hon. Jeff Kennett AC (Chairman of Equity Trustees), includes Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO, David Gonski AC, Jennifer Westacott AO, Lisa Paul AO and Stuart Ellis AM.