Local residents dig deep to aid victorian victims

DESPITE tough economic times, Ipswich residents have dug deep to donate astonishing amounts of money and blood to help the victims of the Victorian bushfires.

While most figures are still being added and appeals are still running, Ipswich has donated at least $40,000 to local fundraisers since Monday.

Aside from monetary donations, residents have also offered their support, a house full of furniture and a motorhome to help the survivors of the worst fires in Victoria's history.

About 200 residents have also given blood, enough to fill almost 14 buckets.

Yesterday the Hug a Firie and fashion parade event in the mall banked almost $6000 and donations made to two Commonwealth banks amounted to nearly $12,000.

R.T. Edwards Booval was also close to adding $5000 to the total with all of yesterday's profits going towards the appeal and staff splashing out with their cash adding another $1000 to be matched by the company.

Brothers Leagues Club staff also kick-started their appeal putting $1000 in the kitty this week.

Any donations made through Bendigo, Westpac, NAB and ANZ banks cannot be counted at a local level. Money given towards Red Cross's $50 million and the Salvation Army's $5.5 million nationwide will be broken down in coming weeks.



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