Many of the donations made by the public were distributed immediately and within weeks of the bushfires. Vinnies has already distributed millions of dollars’ worth of assistance. However, the process of assessing people and establishing their needs does take time.
While we understand the community’s expectations that funds are distributed as quickly as possible, it is also very important to ensure that we plan for people’s needs in the months following a crisis where many of the needs are critical. It is crucial that we have funds remaining to help these families and communities to recover and rebuild once they are ready to do so.