Chief Executive Officer Asia Pacific, Europe & America, Mr Alex Thursby, said, “This tsunami has had a devastating effect on communities in Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga, including tragic loss of life.
“We understand this is a very difficult time and we want to help support these communities with disaster relief and as they begin the process of recovery.”
ANZ will make a donation on behalf of its staff and customers of AU$100,000 to Red Cross to kick start a public appeal. ANZ branches in Australia and New Zealand will be accepting donations that will go directly to the “Pacific Tsunami (Samoa and Tonga) Appeal” through Red Cross to fund the disaster response on the ground.
“We are committed to helping our local communities, and trust this donation will help provide some relief for people and communities in the Pacific who have been impacted by this terrible natural disaster. “Our thoughts and sympathies are with those who have lost loved ones or who have suffered damage to their homes or businesses,” Mr Thursby said.
ANZ customers who are affected by this disaster are encouraged to contact their local ANZ branch to discuss the impact on their business or personal circumstances. Some local branches have been closed but ANZ expects business as usual to resume over coming days. Customers can confirm arrangements at their local branch.