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While Covid-19 has dominated our national dialogue in recent months, we cannot forget that many Australians around the country are still dealing with the devastating impacts of one of the worst bushfire seasons ever.
For these people, every aspect of life has been affected by the fires, with the rebuilding process expected to take many years. Countless sporting clubs and athletes are still faced with the task of replacing vital sporting facilities and equipment. In response to this, the Sports Foundation partnered with the Australian Olympic Committee, Paralympics Australia, and Commonwealth Games Australia to form an alliance to support our communities in need. Our aim was to raise and distribute funds to help affected clubs and communities, and for our Alliance Partners to arrange athlete visits to help affected communities in their recovery.
Thanks to the support of generous donors to our Sports Recovery program, we were able to allocate grants to clubs in 14 communities that were affected in these devastating bushfires to help them replace lost and damaged equipment.