Gold Coast kicks off official ‘Dreamworld Tragedy Appeal’ with $100,000

THE Gold Coast has launched an official appeal to help the families of those who tragically lost their lives on the Thunder River Rapids ride at Dreamworld.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate and the Australian Red Cross are together coordinating the campaign through the not-for-profit organisation, GIVIT.

To kick off the appeal, ten leading Gold Coast businesses together injected a combined $100,000 into the fund last night.


The Gold Coast Titans, Mantra Group, 102.9 Hot Tomato, Bond University, Gold Coast Airport, Gold Coast Tourism, The Star Entertainment Group, City of Gold Coast, Ramsay Health and the Gold Coast Bulletin each donated $10,000 to the cause.


Hot Tomato Chairman Hans Torv said his radio station had been flooded with calls from people wanting to help.

“Hot Tomato has been inundated with listeners expressing compassion and caring for the children and families so tragically affected by this,” Mr Torv said.

“It’s a great Australian tradition to lend a hand, it also helps community healing if those communities can chip in and do something to help.

“I can say our HT team and listeners are proud to join other Gold Coasters and businesses in contributing to help alleviate future needs of these families.”

Dreamworld CEO Craig Davidson sais every dollar raised through the official GIVIT appeal will be distributed directly to the families and community members affected by Tuesday’s tragedy.

“I would like to thank GIVIT, Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate, and The Australian Red Cross for coordinating the Fund,” Mr Davidson.Anyone wishing to donate to the cause can do so through

Anyone wishing to donate to the cause can do so through or by visiting any Westpac branch.

Donations made to the official appeal are tax deductible.