The devastation that has taken place with the March 2022 floods has left many people wanting to help and donate.
There are a number of flood appeals that are being set up for people to donate to but it is important that they are legitimate and can be trusted to distribute to those in need.
Commissioner for NSW Fair Trading Rose Webb said unfortunately scammers often try to take advantage of vulnerable people during times like these. She urged consumers to be on the alert. This incudes anyone who undertakes work to rebuild homes.
The Echo will continue to update this page with legitimate flood appeals as they are alerted.
Lismore City Council – Flood Fund
Lismore City Council has announced they have set up a Flood Fund for public donations to help with disaster recovery and community support.
To help with our flood-affected community, you can donate to the Lismore Flood Appeal by direct bank transfer.
The bank details are:
Name: Lismore City Council – Flood Appeal Account
BSB: 062 565
Echo Northern Rivers 2022 Flood Donation appeal
The Echo has started the Echo Northern Rivers 2022 Flood Donation appeal, a flood appeal to help those affected by the recent devastating floods in our region.
‘We will distribute funds as quickly as possible, after consultation with community organisations actively helping people affected by the 2022 flooding, such as the Mullumbimby & District Neighbourhood Centre in the north of Byron Shire, Byron Community Centre and organisations in Lennox Head, the Byron Hinterland, and Ballina, and Lismore,’ said General Manager Simon Haslam.
‘The Echo has been established for over 30 years in this community, and will distribute 100% of donations without any deduction. We will prioritise organisations who also directly distribute these monetary donations without charging any fees. This page is not for coordination of, or donations of goods or services, we are simply raising money to help the community organisations on the ground. These funds are much needed, and give great flexibility to community organisations to target aid for people, like the homeless, who sometimes fall outside government guidelines.’
Food Relief Cook Up
The Food Relief Cook Up is accepting donations to cook and distribute food to people throughout the Northern Rivers. Yesterday, March 5, they distributed 10,000 hot meals to those in need.
The group has seen a huge group of chefs and hospitality people come together ‘from practically every restaurant and bakery etc in the area’ to deliver meals. They are being supported not only by locals who are driving meals throughout the region to people in need but have managed to get five helicopters on board to deliver to those who are unable to get out of their homes.