Victoria’s Indian community—one of the largest in the country—has raised around $200,000 for the state’s bushfire victims, many of whom have been forced to leave everything behind, including their homes.
Community representatives, religious organisations, business owners and individuals gathered in Melbourne recently to hand over the donations to Premier Daniel Andrews.
Bushfires—Victoria’s worst-ever fire season—have destroyed more than a million hectares of land, destroying hundreds of buildings, and displacing thousands of people in the state’s eastern and north-eastern regions.
Mr Andrews thanked the community for the donation.
Funds raised will be donated to the impacted Victorian families and communities to help rebuild their lives.
The Premier added that would continue to need the support of the Indian community to overcome these challenging times. “I know across different groups within the Indian community, there are a series of common threads, family, friendship, handwork, the importance of education and the importance of looking after those who are the least fortunate. They are such strong values,” he said.
Donations can also be made online at www.vic.gov.au/bushfireappeal or in any branch of the Bendigo Bank