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WOCCU Seeks Support for Victims of Australian Brushfires

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Brushfires have devastated the Australian state of Victoria, already claiming nearly 200 lives.

MADISON, Wis.—World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) has established a fund to help victims of Australia's brushfires, many of whom are members of the country's credit unions. WOCCU is working in collaboration with Credit Union Foundation Australia (CUFA) to collect tax-deductible contributions that will be administered through the Red Cross Victorian Brushfire Appeal.

"The brushfires in Australia already have claimed close to 200 lives," said Brian Branch, WOCCU's executive vice president and chief operating officer. "In the true cooperative spirit, we're asking the global credit union movement to support Australian credit unions as they strive to serve their members during this crisis."

The brushfires have ravaged Victoria state, threatening several credit unions, their branches and many of their more than 250,000 members, according to reports. Police in Victoria believe the fire may have been the work of arsonists.

"We have a number of member organizations that have been directly impacted by the fires," said Karen Smith, spokesperson for Abacus Australian Mutuals, the Australian credit union trade organization and a WOCCU member. "At this stage we have no reports of staff lost, but many members have lost their homes and there is potential that some of them may have perished in the fires."

Much-needed cash contributions from credit unions and individuals worldwide will provide assistance to those whose lives have been devastated by the brushfires.

U.S. tax-deductible donations may made with a credit card online at www.woccu.org/give. Donations may also be sent by check to Valerie Breunig's attention at: Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions, Inc., 5710 Mineral Point Road, Madison, WI 53705. In all cases, please indicate that your donation is designated for the Australian Brushfire Relief Fund.

To wire funds or for more information, contact Valerie Breunig, Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions, (608) 395-2055 or vbreunig@woccu.org.

 

 




El Consejo Mundial de Cooperativas de Ahorro y Crédito es la asociación gremial y agencia de desarrollo para el sistema internacional de cooperativas de ahorro y crédito. El Consejo Mundial promueve el crecimiento sustentable de las cooperativas de ahorro y crédito y otras cooperativas financieras en todo el mundo a fin de facultar a las personas para que mejoren su calidad de vida a través del acceso a servicios financieros asequibles y de alta calidad. El Consejo Mundial realiza esfuerzos de defensa activa en representación del sistema global de las cooperativas de ahorro y crédito ante organizaciones internacionales y trabaja con gobiernos nacionales para mejorar la legislación y la regulación. Sus programas de asistencia técnica introducen nuevas herramientas y tecnologías para fortalecer el desempeño financiero de las cooperativas de ahorro y crédito y profundizar su alcance comunitario.

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Contacto principal: Rebecca Carpenter
Organización: World Council of Credit Unions
Correo electrónico: rcarpenter@woccu.org
Teléfono: +1-608-395-2031
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