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GERF has distributed $307,000 emergency relief funding

STORY IS BELOW THIS COMMENT FROM GIPPSLAND GOODNESS:

We are fully supportive of the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund (GERF) because its integrity over the last 43 years is without question. While some national charities came under fire after Australia’s 2019-20 bushfires for withholding large amounts of donated money, GERF has never withheld anything. No amount is channelled to admin fees, staff payments or other costs. ALL donated money goes to those who qualify to receive it. And because the needs are usually immediate, the money is distributed quickly and is not held up by red tape.

The fact that so many Gippsland people, and businesses large and small, donate generous amounts is because of the high regard in which this emergency fund is held. We commend GERF to you for your continuing support. Thank you for $343,700 donated so far to their current flood & storm appeal.


GERF has distributed #307,000 emergency relief funding

The Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund has so far raised $343,700 in its current appeal and $307,000 has already been distributed to 125 families impacted by the recent flood and storm event across Latrobe City, and the South Gippsland, Baw Baw and Wellington Shires.

GERF President Andy Tegart said he’d like to thank those who have donated to the fund so far and acknowledged the magnificent response from Gippslanders helping Gippslanders.

Mr Tegart added that referrals for emergency financial assistance will continue in coming weeks and it is likely that in excess of $500,000 will be needed for GERF to ensure we can support all those impacted.

“Our farming community in particular is still assessing the impact on their properties and we want to provide support to them along with all other eligible residents and businesses”. Mr Tegart said.

“We’re asking local community members and corporate citizens, neighbours and friends from other communities to think about the plight of flood-affected Gippsland communities and give whatever they can,” Mr Tegart said.

Recipients who have already received emergency funding support have expressed their gratitude and appreciation for prompt financial assistance at a difficult time.

Mr Tegart encouraged farmers, residents and business alike if they haven’t done so already to contact their local Council Municipal Recovery Manager as soon as possible to lodge an application for support. Once applications are approved, GERF is able to promptly distribute much needed funds”.

Donations can be made via Direct Transfer – BSB 083 932 . A/c No. 740196862, PayPal at www.gerf.org.au, or at any at any branch of the NAB across Australia. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

The Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund was established in 1978 as a not-for-profit charity operated by volunteers for Gippsland communities affected by natural disaster events. All donations received are distributed to Gippsland residents affected by natural disaster.

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