Emergency relief appeal launched

The Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund has launched an appeal to support people affected by last week’s major flooding events across Gippsland.

President John Mitchell urged individuals and organisations to donate generously to the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund.

“Many people have been hard hit by the widespread flooding across Central and East Gippsland,” Mr Mitchell said.

“GERF focusses on helping to meet people’s immediate needs for food, clothing, utensils, furniture, bedding and getting children back to school, rather than capital items which may be covered by insurance or government aid.”

The fund provides relief and assistance to people living in the Gippsland municipalities of Bass Coast, South Gippsland, Latrobe, Baw Baw, Wellington and East Gippsland who suffer injury, loss or damage from natural disasters.

The fund is a registered charitable organisation making all donations tax deductible. All donations are returned to the community and no costs are deducted for administration.

“As a community organisation, we are well placed to provide rapid support to our fellow Gippslanders in their times of need,” Mr Mitchell said.

“I call on all Gippslanders and the wider community to dig deep now and help, either by making a direct cash donation or staging a fundraising event.”

Donations to the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund can be made in three ways:

At any branch of the National Australia Bank BSB: 083 932 Account Number 04829 9080;

Via post to: Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund PO Box 508 TRARALGON VIC AUSTRALIA 3844

Via PayPal by following the link on the GERF website, www.relieffund.org.au

For more information about the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund or to discuss running a fundraising event in support of the flood appeal, phone president John Mitchell on 0428 325 224, the secretary on 0419 022 096, or the GERF duty officer on 0419 027 831.

People in need of support should contact their local government authority.