12 September 2019
The Southern Downs Regional Council has begun the recovery process throughout areas affected by the bushfires. To do this with utmost efficiency, SDRC has partnered with GIVIT.
GIVIT is a national charitable organisation that connects those who “have” with those who “need” in a safe and private manner for all involved.
Partnering with a registered and reputable organisation, such as GIVIT, means those who donate can remain away from the disaster zones and allow emergency services to conduct their practices unobstructed, without compromising the number of donations available for those in need. Furthermore, the privacy and dignity of those experiencing hardship is respected.
GIVIT’s Founder and Director Juliette Wright OAM, and former Stanthorpe resident, says uncoordinated and unsolicited donations may not provide maximum support to residents or emergency services, and implores well-meaning people to reconsider how they give support and redirect their donations through GIVIT.
“GIVIT works directly with outreach teams, local charities, community groups and councils in the impacted regions. These outreach groups identify exactly what is needed and GIVIT provides the assistance to get affected people exactly what they need, when they need it most,” Mrs Wright said.
“We want to make sure that frontline services aren’t inundated by donations they don’t need, or donations they might need but at a later time, by encouraging people to register their donations – particularly cash - through our easy to use website givit.org.au.”
Additionally, GIVIT advises that 100% of funds donated to assist bushfire affected areas will be spent within the region.
Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Tracy Dobie sends her thanks to those that have already donated and those who will donate in future.
“The generosity from those who are donating items, money, and time is striking. However large or small your donation is, it is greatly appreciated.”
“My thanks, and the thanks of the region, also go out to those first responders, both those involved in fighting fires and those involved in the early days of coordinating assistance for residents. Their swift action means that the Southern Downs can now move forward towards recovery” said Mayor Tracy Dobie.
Residents who are in need can register at the Recovery Hub at the Stanthorpe Civic Centre. The Recovery Hub is open 7 days from 9am to 5pm.
To best help communities affected by Queensland bushfires donate funds, goods and services online at givit.org.au/disasters.
GIVIT is free, private and easy to use, and currently supports over 2,700 charities across Australia. If you are a local charity or community service provider wanting to access donated goods and services, please register at givit.org.au/charity-registration.
For further information residents can contact Council on 1300 697 372.