Holden has loaned cars to a number of people who lost their car or truck in the devastating bushfires that have swept Adeleaid Hills, South Australia, the automaker announced today. Bushfires have spread across approximately 30,888 acres of land in the region since last Friday, destroying 38 homes and sending 100 to hospital, the BBC reports.
Holden says they reached out to Adelaide residents through Facebook and Twitter and asked if they were without a car following the devastating fires. Holden Corporate Affairs Manager for South Australia, Sophie Milic, said the close proximity of the automaker’s Elizabeth plant made the decision to help residents out a no-brainer.
“Our Elizabeth factory isn’t far from the fire grounds and several of our employees live in the affected areas, so we’re connected to this community and we want to do what we can,” Milic said. “Particularly for those who have also lost houses, being without a car means they will have difficulty independently travelling between temporary accommodation and their property to begin clean-up efforts, and frankly that’s one more worry they don’t need at this time.
“Offering a loan car is just one small thing we can do to assist people to start getting their lives back in order,” she added.
Holden says there is a limited number of cars avaialable for up to 30 days at a time. If you or anyone you know could use a car to get around in their time of need, reach out to Holden through their Facebook or Twitter pages.