Dermot O'Gorman, CEO, WWF Australia

I would like to extend my sincere thanks for your exceptional generosity and support by donating almost $64,000 towards WWF’s Australian Wildlife and Nature Recovery work. Your contributions towards drought, fire and COVID-19 relief are truly outstanding. Thank you.

Your support will play a vital role in helping to provide both relief for bushfire recovery and long-term support to ensure we have a future for people and nature in Australia. My colleague, Sharlene Dadd, Head of Impact Partnerships, will share our latest reports which detail the work we have and are continuing to do in this regard.

This year we faced an unprecedented, catastrophic bushfire season and so much has been lost. The disaster has touched nearly every Australian. Our hearts go out to the families who have lost loved ones, the communities who have lost homes, the brave firefighters who battled the blazes and the wildlife carers who continue to work tirelessly to recover injured wildlife.

We have and will continue to deploy funds to wildlife rescue and care organisations in affected states so they can respond at scale. It will allow us to help restore forests and damaged wildlife habitat, protect Australia’s natural resources and help implement Indigenous and rural fire management.

You are also helping us drive innovative solutions to mitigate climate change and help species adapt to our changing conditions.

I am so grateful for the generosity of UBS clients, staff and the UBS Australia Foundation. I hope you feel proud knowing that you are making a difference for our native species and habitats.