Bush Fire Relief and Volunteer Firefighter’s Efforts

The Western Union Foundation donated more than USD$110,000 to the Australian Red Cross which supported their efforts in fighting the Australian bush fires that took place from late 2019 and into early 2020.

The aid package also supported the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery fund, which raised funds to help Red Cross emergency teams respond to the devastating fires by staffing evacuation centres, locating missing loved ones, providing emergency grants to those who lost their homes and training first respondents.

Boots on the Ground

James Daly, a Sydney-based Western Union Business Solutions employee was recognised by his colleagues and the executive team for his service as a volunteer firefighter in New South Wales.

Western Union CEO, Hikmet Ersek, said, “It is heartening to see employees take action to fight the fires in Australia, and we are so proud to stand behind Mr. Daly for serving on the ground to combat the devastating fires. Thank you for being a hero in our Western Union community.”

Mr. Daly commented, “I’ve been incredibly humbled by the support I’ve received from both Western Union and my amazing colleagues over the last few months. Unfortunately, having a supportive employer isn’t the norm amongst my firefighting family so I’d love to see more employers follow the example set by industry leaders like Western Union.”