Funds raised through the Australian Red Cross Greek Fires Appeal will be channeled to Red Cross in Greece in order to help:
- provide emergency relief and recovery assistance such as food, water, sanitation, shelter and health initiatives including blood
- work with communities across Greece to prevent future tragedies through disaster preparedness, risk reduction and early warning
- send specialist aid workers to assist in initial assessment, relief, recovery and disaster and crisis management operations
- work in areas affected by the fires to strengthen local resilience and deliver effective relief and recovery services.
With the advice of Red Cross in Greece, Australian Red Cross has set a target of $500,000 to contribute to the Greek Fires appeal. Once this target is reached, Red Cross may close the appeal.
No more than 10% of money raised by the Greek Fires Appeal will be used cover indirect administrative and appeal costs such as receipting donations, IT costs and overheads. Any interest earned on donations will be invested back into the appeal.
Should funds raised exceed the amount required to meet the emergency needs of people in affected areas or if there are changes in circumstances beyond Red Cross’ control, Red Cross will direct excess funds to responding to international crises and building resilience.