26 September 2023

Recovery plan has hands out for donations

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A new public flood donation campaign has been launched to help Queensland’s flood-affected people get back on their feet.

Officially opened by the Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, the Government is to donate $2.1 million between five charities: $500,000 each to Australian Red Cross; Lifeline Queensland; the Salvation Army; and St Vincent de Paul Society; and $100,000 to GIVIT.

“We know in times of disaster, the Queensland spirit shines brightest,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“We’ve seen it in our emergency crews and volunteers out saving lives in the middle of the flooding crisis,” she said.

“Mates helping mates and neighbours helping neighbours, that spirit is also in everyone involved in the incredible clean-up response underway.”

She said that as the recovery phase was entered the charities would step in to provide critical services to help get Queenslanders back on their feet.

Queensland Director of Australian Red Cross, Collin Sivalingum said the funds would greatly assist work in the evacuation and recovery centres.

“Red Cross is providing personal support at evacuation and recovery centres across impacted flood areas and going door to door providing outreach alongside other agencies, wherever the needs are greatest,” Mr Sivalingum said.

Lifeline Queensland’s General Manager, Luke Lindsay said emotional distress after natural disasters was very real and could be harrowing.

“Without early intervention, it can cause longer-lasting impacts for individuals and the broader community,” Mr Lindsay said.

“That is why Lifeline is so vital in this first response providing immediate emotional support to anyone who needs it,” he said.

The Premier said many people had lost their homes or had property damaged, experienced loss of support or work income, and were facing incredible hardship and challenges ahead.

“Every donation counts, no matter how small and I encourage Queenslanders who would like to help to make a donation to a registered charity,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

Further information on how to donate to any of the five charities can be accessed at this PS News link.

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