5 February 2020
Canstruct, a Brisbane-based integrated facilities management firm, has donated $100,000 split equally between Foodbank Australia and the Queensland Rural Fire Service to support the bushfire relief and recovery efforts.
CEO of Canstruct, Rory Murphy, said the purpose of the donations was twofold – to support food security in Australia during a national crisis and to contribute to the Qld RFS which worked hard to keep Queenslanders safe before, during and after bushfire seasons.
According to the Foodbank Hunger Report 2019 more than one in five Australians (21 per cent) experienced food insecurity in the past year alone – the equivalent of five million people. The Report states unexpected bills or housing payments are often the immediate reason an individual goes hungry.
Mr Murphy said given the increase in costs for many who experienced loss from the bushfires put them at even greater risk of food insecurity. “Having access to food and nutrition is a fundamental human right and as responsible corporate citizens it is vital we support the amazing effort of Foodbank,” he said.
Mr Murphy said he encouraged corporate Australia to dig deep and support the bushfire recovery efforts as the sector was in a position of advantage to help others in the community.
The second donation by the company is to the Queensland Rural Fire Service.
According to the Insurance Council of Australia, more than 6000 insurance claims have been handled from bushfire regions in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria totaling losses at $431 million.
Mr Murphy said supporting the Qld RFS was important given its direct reach to rural communities.
“Australia is a vast land and rural communities can often be isolated from basic services at the best of times, let alone during a natural disaster,” he said.
“Helping rural communities is a corporate responsibility and it’s time we all stepped up to help.”
“This donation is only part of our commitment to helping fellow Australians, especially in Queensland which is home not just to our office but also our employees, suppliers and contractors,” he said.
Canstruct has commenced plans and engaged with their workforce to determine how their program – Integrated Community Recovery – would be rolled out over the coming months to support the most vulnerable affected by the bushfires around the country.
“In time, we intend on deploying our personnel and resources to support local communities with business services, shelter and infrastructure to help them get back on their feet as quickly as possible,” said Mr Murphy.
In line with the company’s social responsibility commitment, Canstruct’s charity arm – the Murphy Foundation – has donated over $1.5 million to various social causes in recent years. As part of its commitment, it continues to invest in socially responsible initiatives including a Reconciliation Action Plan and workplace gender inclusion programs.
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Canstruct is an international diversified services firm specialising in infrastructure, humanitarian services, logistics and facilities maintenance. With a history spanning over half a century, it has delivered complex projects in some of the most logistically challenging locations in the world. Their portfolio includes delivering critical economic infrastructure projects in the South Pacific for sovereign nations. The company has a focus on advocating diversity and inclusion.