of a $1,000,000 to the frontline in Townsville and additional funds going to other disaster responses, as required.
As Townsville endures its worst flood on record, The Salvation Army is preparing to switch from ‘response to recovery’ which will lead to a significant call on financial resources.
The Salvation Army’s Queensland leader, Lt Colonel David Godkin says, “Many people have been staying at evacuation centers now for a number of days. It’s a time of high stress and we at the Salvos are thankful to be in a position where we can support, listen and care for them.”
“We know from experience that when a disaster of this magnitude hits, it takes many months, even years, to recover. The Salvation Army is committed to standing alongside communities in Townsville for the long haul. We will work with other agencies to provide financial assistance, counselling and case management – journeying with individuals and families to provide personalised support for as long as it takes.”
Additional Salvation Army Emergency Services (SAES) are arriving in Townsville today to assist with the ongoing relief efforts.
“In asking Australians to support us financially in this effort, we are pleased to announce that through the STAND* partnership, Woolworths is making a leading donation of $250,000 and we are asking Australians to rise to the call”.
How Australians can donate to The Salvation Army’s Emergency Appeal –
Call 13 72 58 or visit www.salvos.org.au/emergency
Donations can also be made at any Woolworths supermarket.
*The S.T.A.N.D. program is a partnership between Woolworths and The Salvation Army to provide Support Through Australian Natural Disasters. It’s an always-on community program in Woolworths stores. Customers can make a contribution of any amount by pressing the Salvation Army button using the Donations at POS service and receive a receipt for tax purposes as proof of a charity donation.