QUEENSLAND Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has donated $1 million to assist four leading charities in delivering urgent services and support communities devastated by Cyclone Debbie.
Ms Palaszczuk said the money would be distributed evenly among the Australian Red Cross Society, Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul Society of Queensland and UnitingCare Community, with each charity receiving $250,000.
“My Government is committed to supporting cyclone-ravaged communities rebuild in the wake of Cyclone Debbie,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
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“Delivering an injection of funds straight to these charities means they can immediately begin rolling out support services to parts of north Queensland devastated by Cyclone Debbie.
“These four charities have a track record of delivering critical support to communities on the ground in the aftermath of a major Tropical Cyclone.”
Ms Palaszczuk encouraged people to get behind the disaster response and dig deep to support charities raising funds to help cyclone-hit regions.
“Communities face a long road ahead to get back on their feet, which is why it is critical charities are supported in the field to help people during this phase of the recovery,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“The scale of the disaster is significant and there is a lot of work ahead of us to repair damage and help people put their lives back together.
“I know many Australians will dig deep and I encourage them to give to a respected charity with experienced responding to community needs in the wake of a disaster.”
Ms Palaszczuk encouraged anyone wanting to help their fellow Queenslanders to make a donation directly with a respected charity:
- Australian Red Cross Society —1800 811 700 www.redcross.org.au
- The Salvation Army — 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) salvos.org.au
- St Vincent de Paul Society of Queensland — 13 1812 vinnies.org.au/
- UnitingCare Community — 3250 1900 www.uccommunity.org.au
Ms Palaszczuk said these four major charities had already mobilised to assist with the recovery and had staff and volunteers trained to respond.
“These charities are trained to respond to the needs of communities hit by natural disasters and can provide food, equipment, shelter, and other support,” she said.
Goods and services can also be donated to GIVIT through their website www.givit.org.au
The organisation is calling out for cleaning supplies, such as protective gloves, high-pressure water cleaners, brooms, mops, and buckets.
More than 430 items and $22,000 cash has already been donated to GIVIT.