Australia Day is about celebrating the spirit of Australia – a spirit we have seen by the way the nation has come together time and again to help those in their time of need. It’s a time to reflect and celebrate as a community our mateship, values and love for our country. Australia Day is not only about attending events; it’s a time to reflect and celebrate who we are as a nation in a way that is meaningful.
While the Australia Day Council of NSW believes that cancelling the fireworks and donating the funds towards disaster relief efforts is a generous way to show support, at this late stage there is little to be saved as the majority of funds have been spent or committed.
To provide an opportunity for people across New South Wales to come together as a show of support for fellow Australians affected by natural disasters across the nation, Australia Day events will continue as planned.
The Australia Day Council of NSW will be supporting disaster relief and recovery efforts by encouraging people to contribute to the Salvation Army Flood Appeal to help direct financial aid to flood affected communities at Australia Day Information Booths in Hyde Park, Macquarie Street, Darling Harbour, The Rocks, Pirrama Park and out on Sydney Ports vessels on Sydney Harbour.
Many local councils will also be organising fundraising activities on Australia Day at their events to contribute to recovery efforts across the country.
If you don’t see Salvation Army bucket at an Information booth, you can still donate by calling 13 72 58 or via www.salvos.org.au