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Big White aids Aussie flood relief campaign

The Big White Ski Resort has embraced a fundraising event for Saturday to assist people affected by the floods in Australia, a country where many of Big White’s seasonal staff come from, as well as visiting tourists.  - Contributed
The Big White Ski Resort has embraced a fundraising event for Saturday to assist people affected by the floods in Australia, a country where many of Big White’s seasonal staff come from, as well as visiting tourists.
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In support of its friends Down Under, Big White Ski Resort will host a special fundraiser to assist those affected by the floods in Australia.

This Saturday, the resort will set aside all the proceeds from its night time ski lift packages and rentals to put towards the Queensland Premier’s Relief Appeal.

Lift packages are priced at $25 for a family of four with rental equipment available for an additional $10 per person.

Flash flooding has devastated Eastern Australia, affecting 200,000 people to date and caused an estimated $10 billion in damages thus far.

The flooding is expected to continue ravaging the country and authorities say that reconstruction will take years.

Big White Ski Resort is set to take part in the aid. In addition to the fundraiser on Jan. 22, the resort will gladly accept donations at the Big White Activities Desk in person, via email at activities@bigwhite.com or by calling 250-491-6111.

Big White Ski Resort is no stranger to Aussies. The Schumann Family is from Australia and have owned and operated the resort since 1985.

The resort’s Australian connection has also led to a strong Australian presence among the staff and the many guests who visit the resort.

“All of us working at Big White feel deeply tied to Australia in one way or another. Working and living where we do, we all appreciate the immense power of Mother Nature,” said Michael Ballingall, senior vice-president of Big White Ski Resort.

“The flooding in Queensland has been catastrophic and has touched all of us.

“The fundraiser on January 22 is just one way that we want to try and help our friends in need,” he added.

The Queensland Premier’s Relief Appeal has been set up by the Queensland government to collect funds for relief assistance.

The premier has announced the establishment of a distribution committee, a committee including representatives from the Australian Red Cross, to manage the disbursement of the donated funds.

For more information about the Queensland Premier’s Relief Appeal, visit the website, www.qld.gov.au.

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