Vinnies NSW calls for donations in support of emergency flood appeal

Tuesday 1 March 2022

In response to the devastating floods impacting the Northern Rivers, the St Vincent de Paul Society NSW has today launched an emergency flood appeal to assist residents with their immediate needs as well as longer-term recovery.

“Families have had their lives upended and homes have been destroyed as a result of this crisis,” said Jack de Groot, Vinnies NSW CEO.

“These floods, on top of the bushfires and COVID, are the latest punch to the stomach for communities who have done it so tough in recent years.

“For 140 years, St Vincent de Paul Society volunteers have been there to support people in times of need when times get tough.

“We are asking those who can to donate so that we can supply those hardest hit with the assistance they need to rebuild their lives.

“Making a financial donation today to the Vinnies NSW Flood Appeal is the most effective way to support people right now.

“All donations will go towards assisting people and communities impacted by the floods,” Mr de Groot said.

The Northern Rivers community of Lismore has been one of the hardest hit areas by the floods with homes and businesses, including the local Vinnies Shop, overflowing with water.

“Vinnies has volunteers located in communities across the state who are ready and willing to offer practical financial and material assistance, as well as emotional support, to people in need during this challenging period,” said Paul Burton, Vinnies NSW State Council President.

“We need the help of the community to support people now and over the longer-term.

“We know that the need for assistance does not disappear when the floodwaters subside.

“As with other natural disasters, our members will be in the affected communities helping for the long haul and they are taking proactive steps now to ensure this,” Mr Burton said.

Donations to the Vinnies Flood Appeal can be made at www.vinnies.org.au/nswfloodappeal, by calling 13 18 12, or at any Vinnies Shop.