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Our thoughts continue to be with everyone affected by the devastating bushfires and we are so proud to be part of a community that supports each other when it matters most.
Our priority is ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our team members who live in and around the areas that have been impacted by the bushfires, and we continue to work closely with them to provide support through paid leave, access to counselling, and any other assistance as required.
To help support the local communities, MECCA donated $100,000 to the Australian Red Cross Relief and Recovery Fund on behalf of its team members. This funding will help support people at the evacuation centres and recovery hubs, deliver psychological first aid to reduce trauma for those affected, provide emergency assistance (including cash grants to people who have lost homes in the bushfires), support the volunteers, and help develop longer-term recovery programs in disaster-affected communities.
Since we donated, our customers and team members have shared ideas about what else we could do to support the affected communities. Taking on board all the feedback and listening to the different aid organisations, we have thought long and hard about the best way MECCA can continue to provide support.
As a next step, we are donating over $200,000 worth of Mecca Cosmetica sunscreen to communities in bushfire-affected areas. Why sunscreen? Because in addition to financial contributions, aid organisations have told us what they need now, and sunscreen is right up there on the list. Through GIVIT, this sunscreen will be made available to volunteers and to the communities rebuilding their homes, towns and livelihoods.
To ensure the organisations in the bushfire-affected areas know they can go to GIVIT to request donated goods and products, including our sunscreen, please feel free to share the following link - http://www.givit.org.au/
Our customers have also asked how they can help and which organisations are best positioned to support the efforts. As a result, we have listed below a number of key (but not all) organisations:
Finally, we have also been overwhelmed by the incredible generosity of the MECCA family. Our team members have been coordinating a range of initiatives to help the impacted communities, and you can see the team in action on our Life@MECCA Instagram page. In addition, many of our brands, both local and international, have also shared messages of support and donation commitments for organisations that are supporting the relief and recovery effort. Thank you, thank you, thank you!