Revolut has joined forces with the Red Cross and WWF on an emergency appeal to support thousands of people and animals affected by the Australia bushfires.
Since the fires began, 29 people have been killed, 1,200 homes destroyed and an estimate of near 1 billion animals killed.
Through the collaboration, Revolut customers can use the in-app Donations feature to round up their card payments and donate the difference to charity.
Tom Hambrett, Global Head of Legal, Revolut, said: “The support from everyone within the team here at Revolut during this difficult time in Australia has been really appreciated and I am confident that our global community of generous customers will appreciate the opportunity to donate and support those affected by these catastrophic fires.”
Red Cross donations
All of the donations to Red Cross will go to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund, providing water and food supplies as well as psychological support.
Belinda Dimovski, Head of Engagement and Support, Australian Red Cross, said: “The size and scale of these fires in many parts of Australia is unprecedented. But so is the incredible wave of support we’ve seen from people and businesses around the country and overseas.
“We’d like to thank Revolut and their customers for leading this incredible initiative and showing such generosity to our emergency teams and the people we help.”
In addition, donations made to WWF will go directly towards immediate response efforts. After the fires are clear, the funds will help to restore homes for koalas and other wildlife.
Paul De Ornellas, Chief Wildlife Adviser, WWF, said: “Australia is burning, and the scale of the crisis has been described as unprecedented. Human lives and homes have been lost, and wildlife is suffering too. Once the fires clear, we will need to work to restore what has been lost.
De Ornellas also argues that climate change has had a detrimental impact on the increased scale of the bush fires.
He says: “The intensive heatwaves and extreme droughts of the past year have fanned the flames creating this state of emergency. We must all do our bit to protect our world from climate disaster. Failure to act will make extreme events standard, with deadly consequences for people and nature.”
One hundred percent of Revolut customer donations will go to each chosen charity, with Revolut charging no fees to donate. Furthermore, there is no minimum donation amount and the feature can be turned off at any time.