Vinnies NSW launches flood appeal to assist Northern Rivers residents

A St Vincent de Paul Society NSW Nothern Rivers Flood Appeal has been launched today in response to the devastating flooding of the Wilson River and Leycester Creek in Lismore and the Tweed River in Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie.

Michael Timbrell, Executive Officer of Lismore Central Council, St Vincent de Paul Society, said the Society is there for people in crisis to help them recover from the catastrophic floodwaters.

“It is estimated the recovery and clean-up bill for the region will run into the tens of millions but the impact on the local community cannot be measured,” Mr Timbrell said.

“We have experienced the largest flood peak in Lismore since 1974. This is a traumatic event for everyone in the area who have watched their homes, livelihoods and  crops disappear in front of them.”

If you or someone you know needs assistance, please call (02) 66215835 (9am-4.30pm).

St Vincent de Paul Society NSW CEO Jack de Groot said that for the worst hit residents and farmers, financial and emotional assistance will be most important.

“At this stage, financial donations are the most effective way to quickly provide the right kind of assistance to people who need it most,” Mr de Groot said.

“Because we have Vinnies members living and working in these communities we are here for the long-haul. We are here to help people rebuild their lives in every way possible for as long as they need financial and emotional assistance. But to do so, we rely upon the generous support of the public, across NSW.”

St Vincent de Paul Society NSW President, Denis Walsh said, “In the difficult weeks and months ahead the long term impact of the floods will start to hit home. Vinnies will be there not only with on-the-ground assistance but also compassion and friendship.”

To make a donation to the St Vincent de Paul Society NSW flood appeal please visit http://bit.ly/FloodAppeal, call 13 18 12 or send your donation to PO Box 5, Petersham NSW 2049. Donations can also be made at any Vinnies Shop in NSW.