The Sunday Times donates to bushfire appeal

The Sunday Times and Channel 9 Perth will combine to donate $20,000 to The Salvation Army’s Bushfire Appeal.

The donation will help support those affected by the devastating Perth Hills fires, which already have taken more than 50 homes and one life.

A spokesperson for the Salvation Army, Warren Palmer, praised the contribution, saying both outlets “have deep connections and relationships with the Perth community”.

“Their donation will go a long way in assisting the community during the recovery period, and hopefully encourage others to donate too,” Mr Palmer said.

The Sunday Times’ managing director Michelle d’Almeida said she felt “humbled, inspired and encouraged” by the stories coming through to The Sunday Times and PerthNow newsrooms, reflecting the “resilience and strength” of local communities devastated by the bushfires.

“We are proud to be playing a role in the recovery for these residents and we will put the full support of our business behind the appeal in any way we can,” she said.

“We also encourage all across the state and country to become involved.”

More than 100 volunteers have provided more than 5000 meals to date to firefighters at various fire locations across Perth.

The Salvation Army is requesting financial donations only, due to the logistical challenges of material aid and the uncertainty of present needs.

Donations can be made by calling 137 258 (13salvos), through salvationarmy.org, or at any Bendigo Bank branch.

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