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Aid in the Face of Devastating Australian Bushfires: Caterpillar Foundation Donates US $ 250,000 to Australian Red Cross

The Caterpillar Foundation is making a donation of US$250,000 to the Australian Red Cross.

Mannheim, January 30, 2020

To assist the relief forces in their battle against the widespread bushfires in Australia, the Caterpillar Foundation is making a donation of US $ 250,000 as an emergency aid to the Australian Red Cross. 

Since September 2019, many people and animals have lost their lives in the devastating bushfires, and more than 12 million ha of land have been destroyed. 

"Our Hearts Go Out to the People in Australia"

The donation to the Red Cross supports the work of the Australian relief forces in combating the bushfires. In addition to the US $ 250,000, Caterpillar and regional Cat dealers provide assistance by making equipment available. 

"Our hearts go out to the people of Australia as they endure this devastating crisis", says Jim Umpleby, CEO of Caterpillar Inc. "The longstanding partnership between the Foundation and the Red Cross has demonstrated the organization's exceptional ability to swiftly put relief donations to work in the areas they're needed most." 

In addition to this donation, the Caterpillar Foundation is also a member of the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program. This program provides a funding base that allows the Red Cross to respond immediately to the needs of individuals and families impacted by disasters.

The Caterpillar Foundation—More Than US$740 Million for Sustainable Projects

Founded in 1952, Caterpillar's philanthropic organization, the Caterpillar Foundation, has contributed more than US$740 million to help make sustainable progress possible around the world. Together with its partners, the Caterpillar Foundation especially supports programs that promote the environment, education, and human rights. In this way, the foundation contributes to the establishment of resilient communities that thrive in a rapidly changing world. 

The Caterpillar Foundation believes that no one organization or individual can end extreme poverty. That's why we created "Together.Stronger". This collaborative impact platform unites business, non-profits, governments, and citizens to combine their strengths to help 50 million people rise out of poverty by 2020.

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