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Duchess of Cornwall makes donation to help Australian wildfires

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With Australia wildfires continuing on, many celebrities and organisations have stepped in to lend a helping hand or, a donation. As for royalty, there was no exception for the Duchess of Cornwall.

According to the Australian non-profit GIVIT, who launched a charitable appeal to help those in need, the Duchess has made a ‘generous and practical’ donation.

The undisclosed amount is said to help provide school uniforms and supplies for children who are due to return to school. As well as give rural families fencing materials and equipment to help reconnect their water supply with new piping.

As for the region being helped, Camilla’s donation will help communities across the nation. Including Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, and Victoria.

In a statement, GIVIT’s founder, Juliette Wright OAM spoke on the Duchess’s donation:

“I am so grateful the Duchess recognises practical help is desperately needed and GIVIT is honoured to work with Her Royal Highness to ensure that her donation makes a very real and tangible impact.”

Going on to add, “There are of course a huge number of fire-affected families and communities. Many are still in the acute response phase, and those who first faced the fires are now moving into the recovery phase.

“I am certain the show of support from the Duchess of Cornwall will directly help to ease the suffering of the people and communities affected by the Australian bushfires.”

Camilla and her husband, the Prince of Wales have a long connection with Australia. They visited the shores together multiple times since their 2005 wedding. Most recently, they visited during the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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It’s believed that this is the first financial contribution to the bushfire relief effort by a member of the royal family.

Messages of support from Her Majesty the Queen, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been released.

For the Prince of Wales, he sent a video message to Australians, calling the situation “appalling.”

In the two-minute clip, the Prince praised firefighters for their efforts.

“I fear this is a hopelessly inadequate way of trying to get a message to all of you, that both my wife [Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall] and myself are thinking of you so much at such an incredibly difficult time and in such impossible and terrifying circumstances.”

To watch the Prince’s full speech, you can view that here.

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