BHP backs cyclone relief through Salvos

Posted March 27, 2015

BHP Billiton donated A$250,000 to the Salvation Army to provide support to community members affected by Cyclone Marcia.

The funding, through the BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities (BSC) program, went toward the Salvation Army ‘Fill a Fridge’ initiative with all funds used to provide essential food and household items.

The Salvation Army’s Major Colin Maxwell said that the organisation fed up to 900 people after the cyclone and the funding from BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities went a long way in helping those in need get back on their feet.

In addition to BSC’s $250,000 donation, BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA), which has coal operations in central Queensland, also provided seven generators to help address ongoing power outages in the Yeppoon area, said BHP Billiton President, Coal, Mike Henry.

“Many of our employees live in these communities and our people at BMA are on the ground and continuing to work with local Disaster Management Groups across affected areas to assess what further support can be provided,” Mr Henry said.

As well as the A$250,000 donation, BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities will donate two dollars for every one dollar donated by an employee through the BHP Billiton Matched Giving Program.

BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities is a charity established by BHP Billiton as part of its community investment program.

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