Media releases: 8 November 2022
Visy has donated $250,000 towards flood recovery in Victoria, contributing to the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal’s (FRRR) Flood Recovery appeal.
The money donated by Visy, through the Pratt Foundation, will support not-for-profit and community organisations in Victoria’s flood affected regions, helping to meet short-term recovery needs and enabling key backbone groups to keep supporting their communities, as needs evolve.
Visy Executive Chairman Anthony Pratt said the funding would target those areas of the state hit hardest by the recent floods.
“Our hearts go out to all those affected by the floods and we hope this donation helps in the recovery,” Mr Pratt said.
“Natural disasters always bring out the best in Australians, so I encourage anyone who can help to do so.”
The Pratt Foundation has now donated more than $4.7 million to the FRRR since its inception.
FRRR CEO Natalie Egleton welcomed the generous donation, noting it is yet another example of the Pratt Foundation stepping up to help rural and regional communities in Victoria that are affected by disasters.
“The Pratt Foundation has been a longstanding partner and we greatly appreciate them again trusting FRRR to ensure funds reach the small grassroots community-led organisations that will spearhead the recovery in so many communities.
“We continue to see local people helping one another prepare for the impacts of this slow-moving flood and there have been great local efforts in cleaning up. But the impacts of this will be felt for a long, long time both socially and economically, and communities will need a lot of support for a long time to come.
“These funds will be channelled through our Strengthening Rural Communities Prepare & Recover stream. It will also allow our team to work closely with local leaders to ensure funds really get where they need.
“The Prepare & Recover stream is always open, so groups that already know what they need can apply now, or whenever they are ready,” Ms Egleton explained.
Anyone wanting to contribute to the FRRR Flood Appeal can go to www.frrr.org.au/flood-recovery