Blacktown City Council Bushfire Appeal - GIVIT cheque handover
Published on 22 June 2020
Blacktown City Mayor Tony Bleasdale OAM has presented a donation of $40,600 to the not-for-profit organisation GIVIT, as part of Council’s bushfire relief and recovery program.
The money is part of the proceeds from the Blacktown City Bushfire Appeal that raised more than $80,000 in cash donations and facilitated the distribution of more than 25 tonnes of non-perishable food, essential supplies and clothing to bushfire ravaged communities.
“In January this year, Council committed to do whatever it could to assist the councils and communities that were devastated by the bushfires,” Mayor Bleasdale said.
“Council committed up to $2 million for its bushfire response and recovery operations, including redeploying staff and providing assistance to other NSW Councils that had been hard hit by the bushfires.”
GIVIT is working in conjunction with the NSW Joint Recovery Task Force, linking requests for assistance for bushfire affected families and communities from trusted organisations, with the donations of money, goods and services.
GIVIT Engagement Officer, Kirsty Bender said, “The bushfire recovery process is long and ongoing for many families and communities.
“Many of the fire-affected families in southern NSW are now facing new challenges and needs that come with the colder winter months.”
“Council wanted to make sure that our Bushfire Appeal donations went directly to those in need and GIVIT’s distribution centres and management platform is an efficient way of donating directly to the communities still struggling,” Mayor Bleasdale said.
“This money will go to on-the-ground organisations who are working directly with families and will buy the necessities to help with living conditions, such as generators, water tanks and home appliances,” Ms Bender said while accepting the cheque on behalf of GIVIT.
“All purchases are made locally and support the growth of local business’ in affected regions.”
The balance of Blacktown City Bushfire Appeal will be donated to the Shoalhaven Mayors Bushfire Appeal for specific projects on the South Coast and to the Milton and Nowra CWAs.
All non-perishable food and personal hygiene items collected through the Blacktown City Bushfire Appeal were distributed by Foodbank with the material items including clothing and bedding distributed by GIVIT.