Vinnies Stands Ready to Assist Bushfire Evacuees

The St Vincent de Paul Society has expressed deep sympathy for residents of the Rappville – Busby Flats area whose homes and possessions were destroyed in the recent bushfires and who are now being accommodated temporarily in Casino and Lismore.

“This unexpected devastation has had a major impact on those immediately affected as well as the broader community,” said Vinnies Acting Regional Director North East, Clare Van Doorn.

“As terrible as this disaster is, we commend the rapid and well-focused response from government and non-government agencies, Federal and State MPs, and the broader community. St Mary’s Catholic College Casino opened its doors to provide a registration centre coordinated by Red Cross, and local people have been very generous in providing support, both financial and in-kind.

“The Vinnies Shop in Casino is seeing an increased flow of donations and is well placed to help provide clothing and household items for people affected by the fires,” Ms Van Doorn added.

“In addition our Vinnies St Mary’s Conference in Casino has volunteer members who can work with families and individuals to provide urgent assistance, such as food parcels or vouchers, and advise on accessing essential services. Some of them have gone to Rappville today to inspect the damage.”

Ms Van Doorn said that it was preferable for people to donate money rather than goods that require sorting and handling.

To access support, people can drop into the Vinnies Conference, next to the Shop at 148 Canterbury Street, Casino, Mon-Fri 9.00am-4.00pm, or call 13 18 12.