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Emirates reveals plan to raise funds for Australian bushfire relief

Dubai airline says to donate 10% of all EmiratesRED sales on every flight from Friday until February 16 for bushfire relief in Australia

Emirates reveals plan to raise funds for Australian bushfire relief
A kangaroo jumps in a field amidst smoke from a bushfire in Snowy Valley on the outskirts of Cooma. (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Emirates on Thursday announced it will be donating 10 percent of all EmiratesRED sales on every flight from Friday until February 16 for bushfire relief in Australia.

The airline, which will match contributions dollar-for-dollar, said the proceeds will go towards the recovery and rebuilding efforts taking place in the communities affected across Australia.

"We are deeply saddened by the bushfires in Australia and the impact they have had on families, communities, wildlife and businesses across the country. There's been an outpouring of support from all over the world for Australia, including from the UAE. At Emirates we'd like to do our part not only through monetary contributions, but also to use our global reach to help to maintain awareness and support, and to drive donations for recovery and rebuilding efforts," said Sir Tim Clark, president of Emirates.

In addition to fundraising, Emirates has been waiving flight change fees for Australian residents who have been affected by the bushfires across the country. The waiver will apply to all residents travelling to or from Australia.

Those affected by the bushfires, and who would like more information on how to change their travel booked on Emirates, are encouraged to visit the Emirates website or contact 1300 303 777.

The airline said it is also supporting its workforce, which includes more than 1,000 Australians, on other employee-led fundraising initiatives to contribute to the bushfire relief efforts.

Emirates has also closed its Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley property in the Greater Blue Mountains.

"Safety is of the utmost importance to us, whether onboard or on the ground and is why we have also taken the decision to close Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley until further notice. We take the situation very seriously and will be closely monitoring any developments," Clark added.

Emirates has strong ties with Australia, maintaining several sponsorships within Australia including being the Associate Partner of the Australian Open Tennis as well as the Major Partner of the Adelaide Festival.

The airline also has partnerships with several local suppliers including Yarra Valley Dairy, Brasserie Bread and several wineries across Australia, all served onboard its aircraft globally.

Emirates operates 77 flights a week to Australia, including to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide, with daily A380 services to select Australian destinations.

To donate to bushfire relief in Australia visit https://www.redcross.org.au/campaigns/disaster-relief-and-recovery-donate

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