BHP donates $250,000 for South Australian bushfire victims

BHP Billiton has donated $250,000 to the Sampson Flat Bushfire relief fund in South Australia.

The fund has been set up to provide assistance to people impacted by the bushfire disaster.

All donations to the fund will be used to help those in need re-establish themselves after the South Australian bushfires.

The fires, which started on Friday, raged out of control for six days.

Up to 27 homes and 12,000 hectares of land were lost.

More than 500 firefighters from SA, NSW and Victoria battled to control the blaze as temperatures in the state climbed to 38c this week.

The major emergency warning in the area has been lifted with the fire now contained.

Asset president of Olympic Dam Darryl Cuzzubbo said the donation by BHP would help people rebuild their lives.

“The bushfires have had a considerable impact on hundreds of lives and for families who have lost their homes, it is devastating.  We hope this donation will provide some support for those experiencing difficulties during this time,” Cuzzubbo said.

As well as the $250,000 donation, BHP Billiton will donate two dollars for every one dollar donated by an employee to relief efforts through the BHP Billiton Matched Giving Program.

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