Baxter Responds to Australia's Bushfire Emergency

Press Release
  • Financial support, product donation and employee volunteerism contribute to company’s disaster relief efforts

Sydney, Australia - January 15, 2020

Baxter Healthcare Pty Ltd, one of Australia’s largest diversified healthcare companies, announced its efforts to aid relief in the midst of Australia’s bushfire emergency. The unprecedented disaster across Australia has devastated local communities and resulted in the loss of lives and the destruction of homes and national parks. Baxter employees have united to support disaster relief efforts and the Baxter International Foundation has pledged $100,000 to the Australian Red Cross.

Baxter’s donation to the Australian Red Cross will support relief efforts such as temporary accommodation for displaced residents, delivery of essential food and water to communities cut off by fires, and medical aid to volunteer firefighters and burn victims. The funds may also assist the rebuilding of hundreds of homes and businesses destroyed or damaged in the fires. In addition, Baxter’s local employees are leading fundraising and donation campaigns to support volunteer emergency services personnel fighting fires and caring for impacted wildlife, while also working to ensure patients and clinicians have continued access to Baxter’s life-sustaining products.   

“As a local manufacturer of IV fluids and dialysis solutions in Australia, Baxter is proud to stand alongside our firefighters and emergency services responding to this bushfire crisis,” said Steven Flynn, General Manager of Baxter Australia and New Zealand. “Our thoughts are with all communities impacted by this extraordinary natural disaster, and with the volunteers caring for injured and displaced wildlife in burned out areas.”

“Supporting the communities where Baxter employees live and work is a priority for the Baxter International Foundation—and a heightened priority during times of disaster,” said Verónica Arroyave, Executive Director of the Foundation. “Our pledge to support the Australian Red Cross supplements Baxter’s local financial and product donation efforts, in addition to the internal fundraising taking place for our Employee Disaster Relief Fund, which helps employees facing financial hardship from property damage following a natural disaster. Our hearts are with you, Australia.”

 

About the Baxter International Foundation

Every day, Baxter and the Baxter International Foundation strive to make a meaningful difference in the lives of people who depend on our products, and in the communities where our employees live and work. The Foundation helps advance Baxter’s mission to save and sustain lives by partnering with organizations around the world to increase access to healthcare for the underserved, develop the next generation of innovators who will lead the way in advancing healthcare and to create a positive, long-lasting impact in communities globally. For more information, please visit our Corporate Responsibility page.

 

About Baxter

Every day, millions of patients and caregivers rely on Baxter’s leading portfolio of critical care, nutrition, renal, hospital and surgical products. For more than 85 years, we’ve been operating at the critical intersection where innovations that save and sustain lives meet the healthcare providers that make it happen. With products, technologies and therapies available in more than 100 countries, Baxter’s employees worldwide are now building upon the company’s rich heritage of medical breakthroughs to advance the next generation of transformative healthcare innovations. To learn more, visit www.baxter.com and follow us on TwitterLinkedIn and Facebook.

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