Chief executive of the company that owns Dreamworld, Deborah Thomas, has pledged to donate her yearly bonus of $167,500 to the Australian Red Cross charity.
Nine News reported the money would be distributed to all affected parties of the incident.
Thomas fought back tears this morning as she addressed the family of Luke Dorsett, one of the victims of Tuesday’s tragic accident at the Gold Coast theme park.
Thomas and other senior figures at Ardent Leisure were fronting the media at the company’s annual general meeting in Sydney, when the former Women’s Weekly editor offered a message directly to the Dorsett’s relatives.
“My sincere sympathies for what you must be going through,” she began. “On behalf of the staff and management at Ardent and Dreamworld, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
“I will be calling you to see what assistance we can offer you.”
Ardent Leisure Chief Executive Deborah Thomas addressing the media this morning.
Thomas' emotional message came on the back of accusations made by the Dorsetts just minutes earlier that Ardent and Dreamworld hadn't contacted them in the wake of the tragedy.
The claims were posed by a Channel Ten journalist, who told the panel, "The Dorsett family are actually watching this press conference at the moment and are apparently furious at suggestions that support has been offered to them."
The reporter went on to say a relative of Luke's had provided her phone number, and asked that "someone please call her."