The Salvation Army has launched a massive national disaster appeal, aiming to raise at least $3 million to help the communities that have been devastated by the ongoing bushfire crisis across New South Wales and Queensland.
It will allow the group to move beyond the current support of evacuees and emergency personnel and into sustained effort required through the recovery and rebuild phases to come.
Salvation ArmySalvos Fire App’s Queensland spokesperson Simon Gregory says crews are already hard at work.
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“Our hearts go out to those families and individuals who have been affected by the bushfires in QLD and NSW.,” Mr Gregory said.
“We are currently on the ground providing support and will remain in local communities in the months to come as people begin to recover and rebuild.”
The Salvation Army Emergency Service teams from Noosa and Caloundra are feeding Queensland Police personnel; SAES teams from Fassifern, Toowoomba, Inala and Gold Coast are feeding Queensland Fire and Emergency Services personnel at Boonah; while the Rockhampton team is feeding evacuees and Emergency Services affected by the massive blaze near Yeppoon. Over 2,000 meals have been served in the last 4 days
In NSW, The Salvation Army’s Emergency Services teams are active at 12 evacuation centres including Coffs Harbour and Kempseywhere meals are being prepared for evacuees and first responders.
“It is unprecedented for our Salvos Emergency Services teams to be active at this many locations at one time across so many regions,” Mr Gregory said.
Supermarket giant Woolworths has already committed $500,000 to the $3 million target.
Woolworths Group CEO Brad Banducci says the situation is serious and it is important that we rally together.
“Woolworths is in the heart of every community, including the bushfire impacted regions, and we want to do our bit to support the work of The Salvation Army in helping the community get back on their feet.”
“The most effective way people can help is by making a financial donation which allows us to buy supplies in the local community and provide cash vouchers so people have the dignity of choice in their purchases” says Mr Gregory.
Australians can donate by visiting salvationarmy.org.au, calling 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or by supporting the S.T.A.N.D. Program by making a donation at their local Woolworths.