Baxter Healthcare has pledged $100,000 in aid relief as part of its group-wide campaign to help communities hit by the bushfires that have devastated parts of Australia.
The Baxter International Foundation will send the funds to the Australian Red Cross for temporary accommodation of displaced residents, delivery of essential food and water to areas cut off by fires, and medical aid to volunteer firefighters and burn victims.
The money can also go towards rebuilding the hundreds of destroyed or damaged homes and businesses.
Baxter staff, meanwhile, are helping to raise funds for local campaigns supporting the volunteer emergency services fighting fires and caring for affected wildlife, as well as ensuring patients and clinicians have continued access to medical products supplied by the company.
“As a local manufacturer of IV fluids and dialysis solutions in Australia, Baxter is proud to stand alongside our firefighters and emergency services responding to this bushfire crisis,” said Steven Flynn, general manager of Baxter Australia and New Zealand.
“Our thoughts are with all communities impacted by this extraordinary natural disaster, and with the volunteers caring for injured and displaced wildlife in burned-out areas,” he added.
The foundation's executive director Veronica Arroyave said the fundraising and medical product donations were supplemented by Baxter's internal disaster relief fund for employees facing financial hardship from property damage.
“Supporting the communities where Baxter employees live and work is a priority for the Baxter International Foundation – and a heightened priority during times of disaster,” she said. "Our hearts are with you, Australia.”
Baxter's relief work is part of major nationwide efforts by private hospitals, which are raising funds, offering temporary accommodation, donating supplies and paying employees who volunteer for emergency services.