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The support of the NRL partners usually helps keeps footballers on the field for the Telstra Premiership, but now they are doing a far more important job by assisting the community to tackle the COVID-19 crisis.

Carlton & United Breweries will donate at least 20,000 litres of hand sanitiser to frontline medical staff as they deal with COVID-19 in emergency wards.

At least 40,000 500ml bottles are being produced for healthcare workers in partnership with leading hygiene company Ecolab.

“CUB always supports the community. And as the nation’s biggest brewer, we have a part to play in battling this unprecedented crisis. Helping the people who are directly fighting the effects of this virus is a good start,” CUB CEO Peter Filipovic said.

Bundaberg Rum is also helping with the production of hand sanitiser, using its  distillery operations to provide ethanol after the Queensland Government approached them about supporting the community health project.

“We’re proud to donate 100,000 litres of ethanol from our Distillery to be used in the production of around 500,000 bottles of hand sanitiser for those that need it most,” Bundaberg Rum distillery marketing and experience manager Duncan Littler said.

Telstra is also providing support – both internally and externally. The telco has put a hold on planned job reductions for the next six months.

“We are also bringing forward $500 million of capital expenditure planned for the second half of FY21 into calendar year 2020,” CEO Andrew Penn said.

In helping Australian businesses through the crisis, Telstra has introduced several initiatives including: free virtual meeting rooms until the end of the financial year, unlimited data allowances on fixed broadband and extra mobile data free of charge and pausing all late payment fees and disconnections for non-payment until April.