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First National Launches Nationwide Bushfire Appeal

The First National Real Estate network, through the First National Foundation, has launched a national bushfire appeal and joins the Red Cross in its appeal for all Australians to dig deep and donate to assist those who have been directly affected by the recent spate of bushfires across the country.
“Australia is prone to disasters of all kinds, especially over the summer and wet seasons, which is why we are urging everyone to give generously and support those communities most in need,” Mr Simon O’Donoghue, Chairman, First National Foundation said.
“Our members have always been involved with the support of their local communities and, over the past six years, the First National Foundation has donated more than $2,200,000 to the Australian Red Cross as a result of our fundraising efforts.
“People know that when they donate through First National Foundation, their donation will reach the people who need it most from individuals, families and farmers, right through to the community level.”
Thousands of people across Australia have been affected by bushfires with many suffering untold losses including their homes, pets, livestock, sentimental and personal effects, and in some cases, their livelihoods as well.
“At times like these, when communities are threatened by natural disasters, we redouble our fundraising efforts through the Foundation, which donates to the Australian Red Cross and its assistance to Australians in disaster preparation, response and recovery,” Mr O’Donoghue said.
“Even today, as the nation faces one of the worst fire-prone seasons in decades with the current heat wave conditions, the money we have raised in the past is still being used to assist those areas affected by some of the most devastating disasters in Australia’s history.
“Many of these people are the ones that we have helped to purchase their homes, or move into a new one and we feel their need as much as if it were our own.
“This is why we value our partnership with the Red Cross.  It affords us the opportunity to give back to the communities where we live and work, as well as be involved in activities that can make a huge difference to our clients.”