BHP donates to Cyclone Marcia relief fund

BHP has donated a quarter of a million dollars to the Salvation Army for Cyclone Marcia relief.

According to the miner approximately $250,000 in funding will go towards the Salvation Army's 'Fill a Fridge' initiative, which aims to provide food and household items to those in Central Queensland affected by the cyclone.

The Salvation Army's major Colin Maxwell said the initiative has already helped 900 a day since the cyclone hit, and that this donation will help the community.

BHP head of  coal, Mike Henry, added: “BHP Billiton is committed to our Queensland communities and it’s important that we’re able to provide support to those members of our communities who have been impacted by events such as the recent cyclone.”

Henry went on to say that in addition to the donation BHP's coal joint venture in the area, BMA, also provided seven generators to help address ongoing power outages in the Yeppoon area.

“Many of our employees live in these communities and our people at BMA are on the ground and continuing to work with local Disaster Management Groups across affected areas to assess what further support can be provided,” Henry said.

BHP will also donate two dollars for every dollar donated by an employee as part of its Matched Giving program.

Earlier this year the miner also provided $250,000 to aid people affected by the South Australian bushfires.

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