Gold Coast appeal releases first payment to families of Dreamworld victims

The first payment to the families of the Dreamworld victims has been released by GIVIT’s Gold Coast Appeal.

The appeal, which is supported by Hot Tomato and scores of other Gold Coast businesses, has so far raised more than $200,000 with much more pledged.

Committee chair, Catherine O’Sullivan, said the generosity of Australians in both the public and private sectors has been astounding.


“The appeal has already received in excess of $200,000 and more has been pledged,” Ms O’Sullivan said.

“We know that after heartbreaking incidents like the one that happened at Dreamworld, there is an outpouring of generosity from those who want to give.

The independent committee running the fund says every cent raised will go to the families.

“I can confirm that the intent of this committee is to distribute 100% of the money received by the GIVIT Gold Coast Appeal to the families of those directly impacted by the Dreamworld tragedy.

“It’s vitally important that people who donate know that this committee is independent and is acting quickly to make sure funds are available to meet any immediate and emergent needs that these families may have.”

Those who wish to donate are urged to go to or head into any Westpac branch and say they want to give to “GIVIT’s Gold Coast Appeal”.