Apple to donate to Australian relief efforts


Apple CEO Tim Cook in a tweet Thursday extended sympathy to Australians affected by the more than 100 fires that mark the landscape in New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia.

“Our hearts are with those affected by the Australian bush fires and with the brave volunteers who are fighting unprecedented fires across the country – please stay safe,” Cook said in a tweet. “Apple will donate to support the rescue efforts.”

Cook has not specified how Apple will contribute, although the company has in the past donated funds to local nonprofits and emergency services in similar situations.

Australian fire agencies are fighting a series of multi-state fires, a collective conflagration considered to be one of the worst ever. The fires, triggered by extreme seasonal weather conditions, destroyed cities, millions of acres of land and claimed the lives of at least nine people.

Bush fires in Australia are wreaking havoc on local wildlife, with recent reports estimating the decimation of some 30% of the New South Wales koala population.

The country declared a national emergency last week. United States federal and state firefighters have been dispatched to Australia to help put out the wildfires this week.

Apple generally responds to disasters and natural disasters with financial assistance. In 2018, the company made $ 1 million in contributions to the victims of the Kerala floods in India, relief efforts following the earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi, Indonesia, and Red Cross post-fire activities. California forest and Hurricane Florence. Apple made one last donation to a rescue effort during the California fire this year in October.

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