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Rio Tinto donates $US1.5m for Iceland

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Rio Tinto has donated $US1.5 million to the Icelandic Red Cross to help support the Grindavík community after months of volcanic eruptions.

The eruptions have been ongoing since December 2023 and have left 3800 people homeless and damaged the community’s water and electricity supplies.

“For 55 years, Rio Tinto has been an important member of Iceland’s closely knit community,” Rio Tinto Iceland general manager Rannveig Rist said.

“We deeply empathise with those affected by the catastrophic eruptions in the Reykjanes peninsula, including some of our own employees. This is the largest donation Rio Tinto has made in Iceland and we are very proud to partner with the Icelandic Red Cross and the Municipality of Grindavík to bring relief to the community in this time of need.”

The Icelandic Red Cross is set to announce details of a new project built around Rio Tinto’s contribution to provide support for impacted people and enhance the resilience of the community.

“This donation will enable the Red Cross to make a real difference for the people of Grindavík,” Icelandic Red Cross general manager Kristín S. Hjálmtýsdóttir said.

“A contribution of this magnitude to the Red Cross from a private company is unprecedented for projects in Iceland. It is an example of corporate social responsibility and how important it can be for society. The Red Cross and the Municipality of Grindavík have stood side by side through these difficult times and will continue to do so.

“There are indications that volcanic activity will continue to shape the lives of people in the Reykjanes peninsula into the future. This donation will help us better support the community and strengthen its resilience through this difficult period as it adapts to a new reality.”

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