Cruise lines get be­hind bush­fire re­lief

Cruise Weekly - - News -

CAR­NI­VAL Cor­po­ra­tion Chair­man Micky Ari­son has pledged a mas­sive $1.5 mil­lion to a range of bush­fire re­lief or­gan­i­sa­tions in Aus­tralia.

The char­i­ta­ble do­na­tion will see $1.2 mil­lion given to UNICEF Aus­tralia to aid in get­ting chil­dren af­fected by the on­go­ing dis­as­ter back to school, with the re­main­ing funds go­ing to­wards an undis­closed wildlife project.

Car­ni­val Aus­tralia Pres­i­dent Sture Myrmell said the gen­er­ous com­mit­ment, made via the Micky and Madeleine Ari­son Fam­ily Foun­da­tion, will be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated by fam­i­lies pre­par­ing to send their kids back to school.

“There are hun­dreds of chil­dren who face the start of the school year in Aus­tralia hav­ing lost ev­ery­thing in this rolling nat­u­ral dis­as­ter,” Myrmell said.

“With only a few weeks to go be­fore school resumes, the im­me­di­ate needs of th­ese chil­dren will be very spe­cific, in­clud­ing uni­forms, text­books... and elec­tronic learn­ing de­vices”.

An­other cruise line making a size­able com­mit­ment is Scenic Lux­ury Cruises & Tours, which to­day al­lo­cated $500,000 to a range of bush­fire re­lief char­i­ties.

The funds will be split be­tween sev­eral groups, in­clud­ing the Red Cross Dis­as­ter Re­lief and Re­cov­ery Ap­peal, The Sal­va­tion Army Emer­gency Ser­vices, State and Coun­try Ru­ral Fire Ser­vices, as well as an­i­mal wel­fare or­gan­i­sa­tion WIRES.

“We are com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing the out­stand­ing work of the many emer­gency ser­vices per­son­nel, com­mu­nity ser­vices staff, vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers and an­i­mal wel­fare or­gan­i­sa­tions,” the cruise line said in a state­ment.

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