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The Echo Northern Rivers 2022 Flood donation appeal at $74k

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This is no joke! At 11.30am today The Echo Northern Rivers 2022 Flood Donation appeal had raised just over $74,000 and has distributed $70,000 to groups helping flood-affected communities.

The regions including Lismore, Mullumbimby and surrounding hinterland, Byron Bay, Murwillumbah and surrounding townships and Ballina have been recipients of donations from the fund.

The quick response and generosity of donors

The fund was established the day after the flood on 1 March, but the sudden loss of telecommunications meant that it could not effectively be shared until 7 March.

Once the fund went live, fund organiser and General Manager of The Echo, Simon Haslam said that the generosity of donors, and their quick response, made it possible to get money into the bank accounts of grassroots organisations very rapidly when it was most needed, and the steady flow of donations has enabled that support to be continued.

Groups including Lismore Helping Hands (Resilient Lismore), Northern Rivers Community Gateway – Lismore, Mullumbimby & District Neighbourhood Centre, Murwillumbah Community Centre, Human Nature Youth Mental Health, The Family Centre Murwillumbah, Resilient Byron, Byron Bay Community Benefit Fund, Ballina Richmond Rotary Club have been given funds so far.

If you or your business would like to add to the fund, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/echo-northern-rivers-2022-flood-donation-appeal.

To see the latest footage from Echo journalist and Cloudcatcher Media Filmmaker David Lowe, follow this link.

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Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. That’s wonderful Echo and all the kind folk who have generously donated. Probably all donators knew by supporting Echos fundraiser the donations would get to those who need it fast without bureaucratic red tape… Yay! 🙂

  2. The money raised by people for the fires not getting to the people who needed it was a tragic lesson. Local organisations have been incredible in the response to this flood.


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