Burswood and Crown unite to support bushfire tragedy


Burswood and Crown unite to support bushfire tragedy - February 2009


Burswood Entertainment Complex and Crown Casino in Melbourne has united to provide financial aid and support to victims of the devastating Victorian bushfire tragedy.

Crown Limited, on behalf of Crown Melbourne and Burswood Entertainment Complex has pledged $500,000 towards helping these families and communities rebuild their lives.

In addition, a partnership has been established between Burswood and Crown with the Salvation Army to set up collection points for patrons and staff wishing to make their own contributions. Funds collected will support the Salvation Army Disaster Appeal, helping fund the Salvos’ Emergency response to the tragedy. The Salvation Army is at the front line at bushfire locations helping communities devastated by the disasters and working in partnership with the various Federal and State Government agencies involved.

Burswood’s Chief Executive Officer, Barry Felstead, said Burswood was committed to working with patrons, staff and the wider community to help those in need.

“The last few days have seen tragedy and devastation affecting entire families and communities. On behalf of Burswood, I extend our deepest sympathy to everyone affected by this disaster. Burswood is proud to stand by and support the work of The Salvation Army and their volunteers on the front line and offer our sincerest support and encouragement to all involved,” said Mr Felstead.

Warren Palmer, Public Relations Secretary from The Salvation Army WA branch said that the support of the community was imperative at this time.

“Without a doubt, our best qualities are on show with how we respond to people in crisis. We are grateful to Burswood Entertainment Complex and many others who have responded with overwhelming generosity. The Salvation Army has already distributed over 2.5 million dollars in immediate assistance and we are committed to providing support in their longer term recovery.”

Burswood has established ten collection points around the Complex for donations to the Salvation Army Bushfire Appeal.

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