Flood appeal $1m and still rising
RISING from the despair of a nightmare natural disaster, Ipswich has been gifted a million reasons to believe in the good of people.
More than $1 million has been banked into the Ipswich Flood Appeal fund, with plenty more pledges yet to be included.
The landmark was officially breached yesterday with a $250,000 donation to the flood appeal from Bendigo Bank.
Regional manager Michael List said the money was raised through customers, businesses and the Bendigo Bank Community Enterprise Foundation.
He said the Foundation aimed to bring together people who cared about their community and helped them support those in need.
“Tens of thousands of donors have given at banks right across the country – organisations, businesses, individuals,” he said.
“Our community bank network, in particular, has reached into their pocket to support Queenslanders in need.
“It's just great to get behind communities and support them.
“It's really great to see these things happening at grass-roots level. It's being able to empower people by giving the community the cheque book.
“The appeal is still open, so people can go into any Bendigo Bank branch Australia-wide and make a tax-deductible donation to the flood appeal.
“Thanks to the great work of the city of Ipswich we are able to get the money into the hands of those directly affected. This is our family.”
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said he was delighted to have reached the target he set for the Ipswich Flood Appeal.
“We've reached the million-dollar mark and I think even shot over it,” he said.
“There's a lot of money that hasn't come in yet, including $300,000 from a fundraiser in Sydney.
“Bendigo Bank has been tremendous. This is virtually their heartland here in Ipswich.
“I think it's the first time in the history of the city that we've had a community fundraiser that's hit the million-dollar mark.
“I never thought I wasn't going to get it, only because I was determined to get it. We've already given out about $300,000 in petrol vouchers and goods and services.”
HOW TO APPLY:
Ipswich City Council is saying to flood-affected residents: “Help us help you.”
Complete the Help Us To Help You questionnaire and return it to Council's Customer Call Centre in the Ipswich Mall, your local councillor's office or mail it to PO Box 191 Ipswich Qld 4305.