Lismore disability services recieive flood recovery funds

Local State MP Thomas George, Donna Bashforth from Telstra, Marie Gale CEO REDInc, Michael Marom from Telstra and the Hon Ray Williams pictured with REDInc service users. Photo supplied.

Local State MP Thomas George, Donna Bashforth from Telstra, Marie Gale CEO RED Inc, Michael Marom from Telstra and the Hon Ray Williams pictured with RED Inc service users. Photo supplied.

Minister for Disability Services, Ray Williams, announced on Tuesday 16 May that Lismore based disability services RED Inc and Multitask received $20,000 to help repair flood damage to their properties.

This generous donation from the Minister will go a long way in helping us get back on our feet after being devastated by the recent flood,’ said CEO of RED Inc, Marie Gale.

‘The inside of all five of our buildings were destroyed, disrupting all our usual vital community services.  This money will help us, quickly, get back to doing what the North Coast community love us for, and what we do best: walking alongside people with a disability to realise their  life aspirations.’

Both service providers are currently working out of alternative premises due to their offices undergoing substantial work.

CEO of Multitask, Jody Cheetham, also thanked Minister Williams for the support which will assist them with recovering the organisation. 

‘This will help purchase essential items lost in the flood to enable us to provide services to people with disability in our area.’

The devastation from recent flooding has come at a time when disability services on the North Coast are busy preparing for the role out of the national disability insurance scheme (NDIS) on 1 July.

So this donation will be more critical than usual; helping RED Inc to regroup well and be in a good position to both recover and be ready to welcome the changes,’ continued Marie.

Telstra also joined the Minister’s party who presented RED Inc with a cheque for $10,000 to go towards our recovery.

As if that wasn’t enough, the Bangalow CWA dropped in for tea and cake this morning and presented REDinc. Operations Manager, Josie Donnelly, with a cheque for $2,000.

‘We thank the CWA, Telstra and the Minister for their generous donations. Today has absolutely given us all a real spring in our step,’ concluded Marie.

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