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Pride in our volunteers supporting bushfire releif

At Amatil, we're lucky to have special team members who are volunteers in their communities sharing their expertise, passion and time to help others, animals, and the environment.

The community response to the bushfire crisis in Australia has been inspiring. Aussies are a special bunch of people who rally and support each other, but the support from around the world is an even greater symbol of solidarity.

At Amatil, we’re lucky to have special team members who are volunteers in their communities sharing their expertise, passion and time to help others, animals, and the environment. We’d love for you to meet some of them:

Volunteer Firefighter Jules
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“I have been a member of the Beacon Hill Rural Fire Brigade on Sydney’s Northern Beaches for seven years, as a Firefighter for the first six years and now as a Deputy Captain (DC). Over the past few weeks and months I have been deployed on numerous Strike Teams around New South Wales, including the Blue Mountains, Wollondilly and the South Coast. On cooler days these Strike Teams have been planning backburns to secure containment of the fires however, on high fire danger days we’ve been responding to escalating fire activity. As a DC I am leading a crew of firefighters, which adds a level of responsibility to ensure their safety on top of getting the job done protecting people and properties from the approaching fire front.

I joined the Rural Fire Service for a number of reasons; the station is three minutes from where I live, being ex-Army I missed the camaraderie that comes from facing challenges with a bunch of mates, but most importantly I wanted to feel I was giving something back to my community and the country that had accepted me as a citizen when I moved from the United Kingdom.

My advice for people this, and any, fire season is to:
  • Have a bushfire plan, and make sure you talk it through with those you live with
  • Download the fire watch app for your state
  • Stay alert throughout the year and if you see a volunteer brigade holding a raffle please consider buying a ticket as the funding helps!”
Wires Volunteer Georgia
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“I first volunteered with WIRES in 2016 due to my concern for Cockatoos affected by Beak and Feather disease that would frequent the birdbath I have on my unit balcony. My role with WIRES involves me selecting a rescue case, collecting the injured animal, securing the appropriate veterinary attention and all going well, reaching out to a short or long-term carer.

I have great respect for our specialist carers as they are lifelines for our injured wildlife.

My advice to anyone in Australia who comes across wildlife in distress is to please contact 13 000WIRES or 1300 094 737.

Should the animal appear to be in desperate need of water, the best way to offer hydration is to pour a small amount of water into a clean container, or into your cupped hand, so the animal can lick or lap the water as they would naturally. Everyone means well, but this is a small step that we can all take to assist in ensuring a positive outcome for our wonderful native animals.”

Australian Defence Force Reservist Josh
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“I have been a soldier in the infantry core with 8/7 Royal Victorian Regiment for three years. I am currently serving a 32-day deployment as part of the Australian Defence Forces Operation Fire Assist. I have been getting my hands dirty clearing roads, loading choppers, building relief centres and assisting in any other physical tasks that are required.

Volunteering for the defence force allows me to escape the corporate world momentarily and constantly places me in challenging environments and scenarios which has forced me to grow. Assisting the community and training to protect the nation carries with it a sense of pride and satisfaction, especially when involved in national incidents or disaster relief work.

As a trained infantry soldier, the jobs we get can be tough - the days are long and nights uncomfortable at times out in the elements, but it’s this that really makes you appreciate home and my day job at Amatil every time I come back.

My advice to anyone is if you want to make a real impact in your life, really help others in need and gain a fantastic sense of satisfaction, consider joining a volunteer group. And if you work at Coca-Cola Amatil, the team here will back you so there is nothing stopping you!”

Thank you to all the volunteers helping Australia, and other countries in need including our friends impacted by flood in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Learn about the different the ways we are supporting the bushfire relief efforts.