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VOLKSWAGEN DONATES ONE MILLION DOLLARS FOR REFORESTATION IN AUSTRALIA

Jul 9, 2020

  • Donation dedicated for bush fire and reforestation projects in Western Australia and New South Wales
  • The recipient is Bush Heritage
  • Despite pandemic, Volkswagen continues support for bush fire aid and restoration

Wolfsburg, July 9, 2020 - Following the devastating bush fires at the beginning of the year, Volkswagen is now donating one million Australian dollars (about 617,000 euros) to "Bush Heritage Australia" for bush fire and reforestation projects in Australia. The "One Million Trees Project" in the Eurardy Nature Reserve in Western Australia will receive 250,000 dollars and a project to restore 400 hectares in the Scottsdale Reserve in New South Wales will receive 750,000 dollars.

"Although the world has been ravaged by the COVID 19 pandemic since the fires earlier this year, Volkswagen remains committed to supporting bush fire relief and restoration," said Michael Bartsch, Managing Director of Volkswagen Group Australia.

The donation is part of a 2.5 million Australian dollar donation framework that Volkswagen had pledged in response to the devastating bush fires in early 2020. 500,000 dollars was immediately sent to the volunteer fire brigades of Queensland, News South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. Potential recipients for the remaining one million Australian dollars are currently being examined.

Bush Heritage Australia is an independent, not-for-profit national organisation that acquires and manages land and works with indigenous people to protect the local flora and fauna. Bush Heritage owns 37 nature reserves covering an area of 1.24 million hectares. Through its 25 Aboriginal partnerships, the organisation supports the management of an additional 10.1 million hectares.

Volkswagen AG
Corporate Communications | Spokesperson Sustainability and Environment Contact Dr. Günther Scherelis
Phone +49-5361-9- 871 82
E-mail guenther.scherelis@volkswagen.de www.volkswagen-newsroom.com

Volkswagen AG
Deputy Head of Corporate Communications Contact Dr. Christoph Ludewig
Phone +49-5361-9-875 75
E-Mail christoph.ludewig@volkswagen.de www.volkswagen-newsroom.com

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