Retailers provide relief for North Queensland flood victimsBY Australian Retailers Association
IGA has recently partnered with GIVIT to help support those affected by the recent floods in Townsville. IGA will be supplying $100,000 in IGA shopping vouchers to families in affected areas, including rural and remote areas whose plight has not been publicised on TV, to help them through this difficult period.
GIVIT is a national not-for-profit connecting those who have with those who need, in a private and safe way. The company supports all agencies, services and charities in Australia who work directly with impoverished, marginalised and vulnerable people. Their aim is to make it easier for organisations to empower their clients and improve quality of life by obtaining the items they require through their website, at no cost. The unique virtual warehouse eliminates the need for organisations to store, sort and dispose of unwanted items, saving valuable time and resources.
North Queensland is the food hub of the state and a vital part of our economy. Any issues there impact the rest of the state so it is important, particularly during such difficult times that we that we support the people who provide so much for us.
Donations will allow flood-affected residents to buy what they urgently need to support their recovery. Residents will be able to buy cleaning products, replace items in their pantry, and help kids get back to school. This donation will have a massive impact for individuals and families who have lost everything. One hundred per cent of donations to GIVIT are used to purchase items that have been requested by our charity partners and recovery services supporting affected residents. Donations are flowing from GIVIT with over 8,000 items already distributed to those in need.
To donate or view the items needed in flood-affected areas go to givit.org.au/qldfloods. If you are a local charity or frontline service wanting to access donated goods and services, please register at givit.org.au/charity-registration.
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Australian Retailers Association
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