Australian-founded cancer and cardiac care provider GenesisCare today announced that it would be joining international fundraising efforts, to support bushfire relief and recovery in affected communities across Australia.
“It’s been devastating to watch the impact of severe and unprecedented bushfire activity in parts of Australia. Our hearts and thoughts continue to be with affected communities, and those bravely fighting against the fires to save lives, wildlife and property,” said GenesisCare founder and CEO, Dan Collins.
“On behalf of all our clinical and support teams and doctors, GenesisCare is pledging $250,000 towards relief and recovery efforts in affected communities.”
As part of the pledge, GenesisCare is donating $150,000 to the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery fund, to go towards important initiatives including support at evacuation and recovery hubs and advancing longer-term recovery programs in disaster-affected communities.
For the remainder of funds, GenesisCare is working with employees and patients to identify how the organisation can support local community initiatives in bushfire affected regions, along with easy patient access to care during this difficult period.
The organisation will monitor developments in the coming weeks and months to explore what other levels of community support and action is needed.
“I’d also like to take this moment to acknowledge widespread employee initiatives and fundraising efforts under way across GenesisCare,” said Dan.
“A huge thank you to the volunteer firefighters in our midst, those who have checked in with patients and team mates in at-risk areas, run fundraising activities in our clinics, and to everyone who has personally contributed to recovery efforts. I’m proud to be part of such a caring, empathetic and passionate team, dedicated to making a difference.”
GenesisCare is continuing to provide care as usual to patients at its centres and clinics across Australia, including in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, with no current closures.
Patients are urged to contact their local treatment centre if they are concerned about travelling to a centre for treatment, and to monitor air quality levels on state Environmental Protection Authority websites.