Tabcorp Holdings has confirmed that it will donate AUS $1.5 million to Australian emergency services battling the bushfire crisis which has engulfed the entire Gold Coast of Sydney.
The ASX listed operator has confirmed that all lottery proceeds taken from its Saturday Lotto draw scheduled for 25 January will be donated to Australia’s ‘Bushfire Relief’.
Seeking to generate as much funding as possible for emergency services fighting Australia’s biggest environmental catastrophe, Tabcorp has informed its retail network and marketing partners to refer to the event as the ‘Bushfire Benefit Draw’.
“We offer our deepest sympathies to the many Australians that have lost loved ones, homes or their livelihood during this national crisis,” said Tabcorp CEO David Attenborough.
“The Australian spirit has been truly inspirational throughout this ordeal and the Tabcorp Group is pleased to play its part in supporting the recovery effort.”
Tabcorp further informs that it has provided financial relief to hotels and clubs that have been directly impacted by the bushfires, with its Keno brands contributing AUS $100,000 to relief operations assisting affected communities.
Internally, Tabcorp governance has moved to expand the firm’s existing HR policies by providing open-ended paid leave for volunteers and reservists helping Australia’s emergency services counter bushfire impacts.
“Many of our own people have been deeply impacted by these bushfires,” added Attenborough. “We have partners in pubs, clubs, newsagents and retail outlets across New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia that have been devastated and we’re committed to providing as much support as we can during this difficult time.”