The Howard family, who operate Fays Twin Cinemas Taree and Great Lakes Cinema 3, is joining an industry-wide initiative where $2 from every ticket sold on to a movie on Sunday, January 19 will be donated to bushfire relief.
"Our family and our staff have been deeply saddened, like all Australians and many people around the world, by the bushfires ravaging our country. The loss of lives, wildlife, homes and land is heart-breaking, and our thoughts are with all those who have been impacted" Peter Howard said.
"We're in a fortunate position to be able to use the popularity of movie-going to help provide relief, and are pleased to be able to support this initiative of the Australian film industry which will include cinemas from the largest city multiplexes to the smallest regional single-screen locations.
"We hope that people come out this Sunday to see one of the great summer movies we're screening at the moment, and feel extra good about this visit to the cinema knowing a portion of their ticket price will be helping their fellow Australians in real need.
"We'll be making sure there's something for all members of the family to enjoy, with films rated from G all the way to MA15+," Peter said.
Our family and our staff have been deeply saddened, like all Australians and many people around the world, by the bushfires ravaging our country.Peter Howard
This fundraiser is in addition to an independently organised initiative that Howard Cinemas did in mid-December, where screenings of family film Playing With Fire in Taree and Tuncurry raised $800 that was split between the Taree and Tuncurry RFS brigades.
The Howard family will be splitting the proceeds of fundraising on Sunday, January 19 between three charities:
- the Salvation Army Bushfire Appeal - providing immediate emotional and material support to firefighters, volunteers and evacuees;
- Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery - supporting thousands of people in evacuation centres and recovery hubs across the country; and
- the RSPCA Bushfire Appeal - protecting animals in threatened or affected areas and long-term rescue and rehabilitation efforts.\