Flood Appeal to support Queensland’s long-term recovery
Vinnies Queensland has launched a Flood Appeal to help Queenslanders recover with the daunting task of rebuilding their lives, both now and long after the waters have receded.
CEO Kevin Mercer said the Society was working on providing direct assistance in the form of food, clothes and day to day essentials but said it was also crucial to ensure people are supported in the long road ahead to recovery.
“Once the initial shock of losing everything starts to settle, thousands of Queenslanders will need to rebuild their lives from scratch – a process that can take years,” Mr Mercer said.
“Our Appeal isn’t just about providing help now, but also to ensure when people are ready to finally return to their homes, they can have the support, furniture, appliances and other household essentials they need to start again.”
Mr Mercer said this flood was another reminder that Queensland was unfortunately no stranger to natural disasters.
“We are still actively supporting victims of the 2011 flood, and our assistance to those in need right now will continue well after the waters clear and news coverage slows,” he said.
“Again and again, we’ve seen our communities come together to help each other in times of great need.
“If you’ve been personally impacted, while it can be daunting to seek help and you may have never needed to ask for help before – please know we are there for you.
“Whether that be in the immediate form of assistance or long-term recovery – Vinnies Queensland has had more than 127 years of experience helping Queenslanders through disasters; so please reach out.”
If you are able to donate in support of flood victims, Mr Mercer said a donation of $58 can provide emergency groceries and essential items, while $340 can help re-equip a home that has lost everything with needed essential items.
“We will be doing all we can, and our nearly 3000 Volunteer Members across local communities are ready to answer the calls for help from those in need. Financial donations to support our effected communities rebuild and recover are very much needed and appreciated. ” he said.
“Queenslanders should know they do not need to battle this alone.”
If you have been impacted by the recent floods and need support, please reach out to Vinnies Queensland on 1800 846 643 or visit qld.vinnies.org.au
If you would like to donate to the Flood Appeal and help people to rebuild their lives, call 13 18 12 or visit vinnies.org.au/QLDFloodAppeal22