Athena Software has announced a $5,000 donation to the Australian Red Cross to help provide relief and recovery services to people and communities affected by the bushfire crisis in Australia.
This donation to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery fund will go toward supporting people at evacuation centres and recovery hubs, providing emergency assistance and cash grants to residents whose homes have been destroyed by bushfires, and delivering psychological first aid to reduce trauma.
The funding will also assist with longer-term recovery programs in disaster-affected areas, supporting volunteers, and helping families and communities with disaster preparation.
Athena has served the Australian market for over a decade, and today serves a large and growing base of over 100 not-for-profit and social service organisations in Australia, each benefiting from using Athena’s highly configurable Penelope case management software system. Many of those agencies are providing critical support to people and communities affected by this crisis.
“No one watching the bushfire catastrophe unfold here in Australia could help but be impacted by the stories and images coming out of the fire zones,” said Mary Broome, Regional Manager of Professional Services for Athena Software in Australia. “Stories of unimaginable heartbreak and loss and acts of bravery; images of those fighting the fires battling against unbeatable odds and images of the devastation to wildlife and landscape.
“Through it all, many of the customers who we are privileged to partner with are working tirelessly to provide support to the Australian people who have been either directly or indirectly affected. We are truly honoured to work alongside these organisations that continue to provide such valuable services to the people of Australia.” Athena Software CEO Geoff Bellew added: “We have been deeply affected by the news and images of catastrophic bushfires in Australia, and our thoughts are with the people and communities forever affected by this disaster.
“We have a wonderful team of employees in Australia and we’re proud to serve many long-term customers there, so this disaster hits home for us. We are committed to helping our Australian friends as they bravely contend with the human and economic consequences and environmental devastation caused by these fires.”
Donations to the Australian Red Cross bushfire disaster relief and recovery efforts can be made at www.redcross.org.au.