The Australian Navy has delivered a shipment of nearly 800 gallons of beer to a thirsty community on Friday after the bushfires raging across the country cut off supply lines.
Per a recent report by Military.com, The Australian Royal Navy arrived in Mallacoota in Victoria bearing 3,000 liters (approximately 792 gallons) of Victoria Bitter and Carlton Draught beer, which was loaded at HMAS Cerberus naval base the day before.
Carlton & United Breweries donated four kegs of beer to the shipment, as well as 80,000 cans of drinking water to the state of New South Wales. In addition, the Brewery has also pledged to raise more than 1 million Australian dollars to help out communities affected by the fires, and have thus far raised a quarter of their goal.Watch this news report on the urgent bushfire crisis:
In a statement delivered to Daily News, Carlton & United Breweries CEO Peter Filipovic said, "The pub is at the heart of regional communities. And a pub with no beer is bad enough at the best of times. After what Mallacoota residents and fires have been through the least we could do is make sure they could enjoy a beer."
He added: "When we were told the Mallacoota Hotel needed beer and we could get it delivered by ship we were obviously really keen to help."
How you can donate:
The NSW Rural Fire Service has multiple options for direct donations. You can donate to the RFS as a whole, or to specific brigades. You can donate through bank transfer, credit card or cheque.
For bank transfers, there is a set bank account (Account Name: NSW Rural Fire Service, BSB: 032-001, Account No: 171051). This account is for the RFS as a whole.
This link will take you to the landing page for credit card donations. You can donate to the RFS general fund or choose specific brigades from the dropdown box.
In Queensland, Fire and Rescue advise that you can donate both money and items through the website givit.org.au. The website allows fire-affected communities to list what they specifically need, from water tanks in Yeppoon to school uniforms in Zillmere.
In Victoria, the Country Fire Authority has two bank accounts - one for specific brigades and one for the general fund.
If you cannot find the particular brigade you are looking for, you can contact them directly.