Project Give Back is our ongoing commitment to helping our environment and community, where it's needed most. Here you can see where we have made a difference, and our progress with our current commitments.
Right now, Australia is facing a crisis like never before. Bushfires are tearing our country apart, and destroying communities and precious wildlife. From January - June, we are pledging $30,000 between New South Wales Rural Fire Service, Red Cross Disaster and Recovery, and WIRES Wildlife Rescue.
This is what we have funded so far through Project Give Back:
We partnered with Clean Ocean Foundation, an Australian charity whose aim is to reduce all forms of ocean pollution, and have funded the clean up of 100km of Australian beaches. This covers the clean up of 10 different sites that are 10km long, that have a high density of litter, with teams spending 10 hours cleaning up each site. Our beaches and marine life are severely threatened by the shocking amount of litter polluting our shorelines. Learn more about this issue and why we're taking action here.
We supported Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund (CNCF) to plant 2,000 trees in Australia. CNCF has planted over 5.4 million trees since 2007 on degraded land in Australia, to support natural ecosystems and wildlife, and help reverse some of the damage that mass deforestation has caused in our country. CNCF’s approach is to take degraded, unused farmland and restore the natural habitat by planting a mix of native vegetation that are indigenous to the area. Planting trees offsets the carbon emissions we create everyday, and they are absolutely crucial to the health of our planet and wildlife. Australia is one of the leading deforesters in the world with over 40% off our bushland being cleared in the last 200 years, and we are racking up an extreme environmental debt that we aren't keeping up with. Learn more about this issue and why we're taking action here.
We partnered with OzHarvest to provide 30,000 meals to Australians in need. OzHarvest is Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, collecting quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivering it directly to more than 1300 charities supporting people in need across the country. They have rescued 37,000 tonnes of food that would be otherwise wasted and delivered 109 million meals to Aussies in need since 2004. Nearly four million Aussies experience food insecurity each year, and one quarter are children, yet there is more than enough food that gets wasted to feed everyone in our country. Learn more about why we're taking action here.