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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Premier pledges $1 million to help charities delivery cyclone relief (correct charity contact details)

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Wednesday, March 29, 2017

    Premier pledges $1 million to help charities delivery cyclone relief (correct charity contact details)

    (**Please note corrected contact numbers and email addresses for charities) 

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today announced a $1 million donation to assist four leading charities deliver urgent services and support communities devastated by Cyclone Debbie. 

    Ms Palaszczuk said the Australian Red Cross Society, Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul Society of Queensland and UnitingCare Community would all receive $250,000 in funding. 

    “My Government is committed to supporting cyclone-ravaged communities rebuild in the wake of Cyclone Debbie,” Ms Palaszczuk said. 

    “Delivering an injection of funds straight to these charities means they can immediately begin rolling out support services to parts of north Queensland devastated by Cyclone Debbie.

    “These four charities have a track record of delivering critical support to communities on the ground in the aftermath of a major Tropical Cyclone.”

    Ms Palaszczuk encouraged people to get behind the disaster response and dig deep to support charities raising funds to help cyclone-hit regions 

    “Communities face a long road ahead to get back on their feet, which is why it is critical charities are supported in the field to help people during this phase of the recovery,” Ms Palaszczuk said. 

    “The scale of the disaster is significant and there is a lot of work ahead of us to repair damage and help people put their lives back together. 

    “I know many Australians will dig deep and I encourage them to give to a respected charity with experience responding to community needs in the wake of a disaster.”

    Ms Palaszczuk encouraged anyone wanting to help their fellow Queenslanders to make a donation directly with a respected charity:

    • Australian Red Cross Society —1800 811 700 redcross.org.au
    • The Salvation Army — 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) salvos.org.au/
    • St Vincent de Paul Society of Queensland — 3010 1002 vinnies.org.au/donate
    • UnitingCare Community — 1800 001 953 uccommunity.org.au/disaster-relief 

    The Premier said these four major charities had already mobilised to assist with the recovery and had staff and volunteers trained to respond. 

    “These charities are trained to respond to the needs of communities hit by natural disasters and can provide food, equipment, shelter, and other support,” she said. 

    Goods and services can also be donated to GIVIT through their website www.givit.org.au

     

    Media contacts: Kirby Anderson (Premier’s office) 0417 263 791