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Australian Bushfires – How We’re Supporting

By Silvia Wei

We have all been shocked and saddened by the bushfires and drought that have ravaged Australia in recent months. The loss of human life, wildlife, homes and bushland has been remarkable. Many of our members have been seriously affected by these events.

We have experienced many natural disasters over our 118-year history, but it seems that there hasn’t been a disaster that has generated a spirit of giving or an ambition to make a difference more than the current one.

We think it’s important to explain to our members what our family is doing to make a difference and to suggest ways in which we can collectively have a positive impact on the current situation and ongoing.

Our response has three parts:

  • On behalf of Ray White and White & Partners, we are supporting the real estate industry appeal. This appeal, which was inspired and led by our corporate team, currently includes 19 real estate groups and institutes under the banner of ‘Beyond the Bricks’ in raising funds for this important cause. Already, we have secured more than $720,000 in pledges from these corporate entities and the campaign will launch shortly.
  • Loan Market is a lead contributor to the Bushfire Relief, Backed by Brokers industry fundraiser, partnering with the Australian Red Cross. Loan Market brokers are also offering assistance to any Australian (not just customers) who have been impacted by the fires and need help navigating conversations with their lender.
  • Our rural business has been a consistently strong supporter of the Drought Angels charity, most recently donating late in 2019.

​Our total donations to these causes is $350,000.

Ray White and White & Partners members will soon receive more detailed information about the real estate industry initiative – ‘Beyond the Bricks’ and how they can support it. The same goes for Loan Market members and the mortgage industry initiative.

In addition to the financial support above, we will continue to do everything we can to support our members and their communities directly affected by these recent events, now and in the months ahead. There are a whole range of creative ideas being developed by our team in this regard.

A large group of brands within the Australian real estate industry has come together and we’re working with relief organisations to support the bushfire affected communities and wildlife with our campaign #BeyondtheBricks.

Beyond the Bricks is a three-phase plan to provide assistance not only during the crisis but to the communities most affected in the aftermath.

If you’d like to donate or get involved by setting up your own fundraiser, visit www.beyondthebricks.com.au/raywhite. Your support will help make a difference.

In the meantime, we hope everyone stays safe and that better conditions come our way.

The White Family

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