Donate at northern NSW Vinnies Shops to help fire victims

Following the destruction of 45 homes in northern NSW this week, Vinnies has confirmed that all monetary donations made in local stores will be directed to the bushfire relief effort.

“We invite people to donate in any of our Vinnies Shops across north-east and north-west NSW or over the phone on 13 18 12. While we welcome all donations of good-quality items, giving money is the most effective way to help immediately during the current fires. All monetary donations made in our northern NSW stores during the bushfire period will go to those locally affected,” said Jack de Groot, CEO of the St Vincent de Paul Society NSW.

The Rural Fire Service confirmed today that 89 homes have been destroyed across the state since the bushfire season began, with Rappville, Drake, Busbys Flat and Tenterfield being particularly affected.

“Our thoughts are with those who have been affected by the fires, especially those who have lost their homes, as well as the families of the couple who tragically lost their lives this week. We’re acutely aware that the same people hardest hit by these fires have already been suffering through the drought for months,” Mr de Groot said.

“Vinnies has been helping at the fire registration centre at St Mary’s Catholic College in Casino, as well as in the communities of Rappville, Busbys Flat, Drake and Tenterfield. If you’re having a hard time, I encourage you to reach out to our team or drop into your nearest Vinnies Shop.

“In Casino, our members are on-hand to help on 6662 4674 and at the Vinnies Shop on Canterbury Street. We’re able to provide you with vouchers, link you up with services, and provide a shoulder to lean on.

“The events of this week have been deeply distressing, but I’ve also heard from our people on the ground that it’s been moving to see these communities come together at a time of need. We commend the rapid response from government and non-government agencies, the Rural Fire Service, and the broader community.”

Find your nearest Vinnies Shop accepting monetary donations to bushfire victims