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$45,000 kick starts Tasmanian Flood Appeal

The Salvation Army and Bendigo Bank, the Tasmanian Community Bank® network, RuralBank have joined forces to launch the Tasmanian Flood Appeal.

The appeal – kick started with a $20,000 donation from Tasmania’s Community Bank® Community Bank®branches, $5,000 from Rural Bank and $20,000 from Bendigo Bank – aims to raise funds tosupport both the ongoing needs of flood-affected families and businesses through therecovery process.

The Salvation Army Public Relations Secretary Tasmania, Mark Foyle, said balancingimmediate assistance with providing long-term support for affected communities wouldachieve the best possible outcome for those in need."We urge the community to make a donation at any Bendigo Bank branch across Australia,as even the smallest donation can make a difference to the lives of these families andtheir communities," Mr Foyle said.

Deloraine Community Bank® Community Bank® Community Bank® Branch Chairman, Lynn Hayward, said the branch wascommitted to doing everything it could to help local communities in the wake of therecent floods.

"This is a community our branch has been very much a part of for more than ten years,and one that has unfortunately been severely impacted by these floods. Our thoughts arewith the locals and the volunteers who are working tirelessly to protect and supportthem," Ms Hayward said.

“Launching this appeal with a $20,000 donation from the Tasmanian Community Bank® Community Bank®network will hopefully encourage not only Tasmanians, but all Australians to dig deep tosupport this very worthwhile cause.

Bendigo Bank State Manager Tasmania, Russell Carrick, said the Bank's partnership withThe Salvation Army and local Community Bank® Community Bank® Community Bank® branches will strengthen the assistancefor the devastated communities.

"We're committed to supporting the immediate and long-term needs of those affected bythese floods, but know it's going to take time to manage this crisis and restore the placethey call home," he said.

“Backed by our strong Community Bank® ommunity Bank® ommunity Bank® and Rural Bank presence across Tasmania –particularly in the flood-affected areas – and together with The Salvation Army, we hopethat we can help to make a difference.” 

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