Pippa Black Charity Support

Red Cross Australia

Pippa Black Supports Red Cross Australia

A host of Neighbours stars past and present, including Pippa Black, attended the biggest ever Neighbours Night, a fund raising evening on 16 February 2009 at the Elephant and Wheelbarrow pub in St Kilda, Melbourne, in an effort to raise funds for the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal to support victims of the recent bush fires in Victoria, Australia. A fantastic total of $31,105.50 was raised. Staff from Bunyip Tours also gave their time and support. Neighbours memorabilia was donated by the Neighbours production team and was auctioned through the evening to fans of the show who paid to attended to evening.

Pippablack.net is very pleased to publicise this event and the Neighbours Night Team wish to give thanks to Adventure Tours, Beaches, Bunyip Tours, Global Gossip, Greyhound Australia, Home Travellers Motel, Melbourne Sports Tours, the Neighbours production team, the Neighbours actors, Magic Bus (New Zealand), Showbiz.com.au, and Urban Central, who all contributed to making the eventing such a success. The organisation would also like to extend a special thank you to Alan Fletcher (aka Karl Kennedy) for his ongoing support and contribution to the Official Neighbours Night and this event.

The Australian Red Cross are 1 of 186 National Societies that form the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. They are there for people in need. They help to provide relief in times of crisis and care for the most vulnerable in Australia and around the world. In times of conflict or natural disaster their volunteers are committed to putting their humanitarian values to work, offering practical assistance and support at any time of the day or night. There are 60,000 members and volunteers in Australia and more than 100 million volunteers worldwide and they can reach people and places like nobody else.

Victorian Bush Fire Appeal 2009
The 2009 Victorian Bushfire Fund is there to assist individuals and communities that have been affected by the devastating bushfires in Victoria, Australia, and was launched by the Australian Premier John Brumby in partnership with Red Cross and the Federal Government. Funds that are raised will be used to provide assistance to individuals and communities in towns and suburbs affected by the 2009 Victorian bush fires.

Millions have been donated to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund and a number of immediate assistance payments have already been made available. They cover:
Compassion and Bereavement, to provide immediate support to those families that have lost loved ones in the 2009 Victorian bushfires. Initial Home Dislocation Payment, to provide funding for people who have lost their main home or are otherwise unable to return to their home. Severe Injury Payment, to provide funding for people who have been hospitalised and required surgery or further hospital treatment.

There have been more than 180 lives lost. The Red Cross’ biggest role is personal support, by offering assistance to displaced people and those returning home coming to terms with the magnitude of the disaster. Their volunteers are attending a memorial in the Rod Laver Arena and give support to those attending. They are also involved in the response phase providing registration, personal support, some first aid and meals in relief and recovery centres. They have registered more than 10,000 people in person, and provided thousands of first aid treatments.