Tony O'Kane | Feb 9, 2009

In the wake of Victoria's devastating weekend bushfires, Mercedes-Benz Australia has announced that it will contribute a generous $107,000 to the Victorian Bushfire Fund.

The bushfires claimed the lives of more than 130 people during the weekend, injured hundreds more, laid waste to several country towns and farms, and destroyed vital infrastructure in the region. Rebuilding the houses, buildings and townships that were lost will be a lengthy and expensive process, but Mercedes-Benz's donation will certainly help the cause.

Mercedes' fund-raising effort won't end just there however, as the company will be passing the collection plate among its staff to add to the amount already pledged. Mercedes will also be lending assistance to its bushfire-hit finance and insurance customers to help them with loan repayments and insurance claims.

Western Australia has donated $1 million to the fund as well, and the Australian Red Cross says over $1.6 million has been raised thus far. Donations can be made through the Red Cross by calling 1800 811 700, or by visiting their website. People are also being encouraged to donate blood through the Red Cross Blood Service, which can be reached by calling 13 14 95.

Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific to Donate to the Victorian Bushfire Fund

Melbourne - Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific (MBAuP), the importer and distributor of Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner, Sterling and Mitsubishi Fuso vehicles in the Australia/Pacific region, has today announced it will be donating an initial sum of $107,000 to the Victorian Bushfire Fund.

A sum of $100,000 will be made by MBAuP, with the company's board of seven directors each personally donating $1,000.

The President and CEO of MBAuP, Mr Wolfgang D Schrempp, said: “The MBAuP Board, as well as our employees and our dealer partners, are shocked by the severity of these fires and our thoughts and support are with the entire Victorian community as we all respond to these tragic events.

“We strongly encourage all Australian companies, automotive and otherwise, to join all Australians in supporting those in need during this important time.”

Activities are currently underway for the company's 1000-strong staff to amass a collective team-based donation, supplementing the $107,000 already committed.

Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Australia (MBFS) will support its bushfire-affected finance and insurance customers who need assistance in relation to loan repayments and insurance claims/ renewals.

“We are committed to working with each customer during this difficult situation,” concluded Schrempp.

Customers should call MBFS directly on 1300 730 200.

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