Charities and organisations step up with support for flood victims

Volunteers such as the so-called 'Mud Army' have been helping out in flood affected areas. Photo: Cr Greg Adermann/Facebook.

By TILEAH DOBSON

Australians are known for their resilience when it comes to natural disasters. From devastating bushfires to terrifying cyclones and massive floods, we come together in ‘mateship’ to help each other.

Once again, communities, charities and organisations across Australia have stepped up and donated what they can for the victims of recent floods in Queensland and NSW.

As previously reported, charitable organisations such as the Australian Red Cross, GIVIT and the Salvation Army have launched appeals to raise money for flood-affected families.

Now, supermarket giant Coles has pledged $1 million to flood-affected communities in NSW and Queensland. The money is being sent to the Australian Red Cross Qld and NSW Floods Appeal, and customers can donate at any Coles and Coles Express store. All funds raised will help volunteers and staff assist in evacuations, relief centres and outreach services.

Australian Red Cross Acting Director of Australian Programs, Garry Page, has expressed gratitude to Coles and to Australians for their support.

“Coles’ support for the appeal will help our teams continue to provide critical support on the ground,” Page said.

“We are witnessing an unprecedented flooding event in NSW and Queensland. People have been forced to leave their homes and seek shelter in evacuation centres. Properties have been badly damaged, and a massive clean-up will be required. These floods will have a long-term impact on communities and Australian Red Cross will be there to support them along the way.”

Roads and bridges have been closed due to flooding, leaving some residents stuck. Photo: Live Traffic NSW/Facebook.

Not wanting to fall behind, Woolworths has also launched round-up donations for customers.

“Our thoughts are with all our customers, teams and communities that have been impacted by widespread flooding across the eastern seaboard,” said Woolworths Group CEO, Brad Banducci.

“We know the coming days are expected to bring more flooding and the impact will last long after the waters recede. Our teams will continue to stand together with our customers to support impacted communities, as well as provide further support to our charity partners to help those most in need to recover.”

Australian Post, meanwhile, has teamed up with the Australian Red Cross to support communities affected by the floods. A key partner to the Red Cross, Australia Post is helping ensure resources needed for emergency services are quickly delivered to affected areas.

Donations to the Red Cross Qld and NSW Floods Appeal can also be made at participating Australia Post outlets.

Organisations like Australian Post have teamed up with various charities to provide support and resources needed for flooded communities. Photo: Australia Post/Facebook.

“This is an extremely emotional time and our thoughts are with the many people and communities impacted by the devastation of these floods,” Australia Post Head of Community Nicky Tracey said.

“I want to recognise and give my heartfelt thanks to all our team members on the ground playing a critical support role and also to the emergency services and volunteers who are working so hard to support people in these areas.”

Tileah Dobson is the news editor and sub-editor of the Sydney Sentinel.

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