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The Salvation Army Launches Disaster Appeal

9 November 2019

The Salvation Army Launches Disaster Appeal

$3 million target as NSW declared a state of emergency

The Salvation Army has launched a Disaster Appeal to support communities affected by the devastating bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland.

The Disaster Appeal will position the Salvos to help beyond the current support of evacuees and emergency personnel and into the sustained effort required through recovery and rebuilding phases.

Salvation Army spokesperson Major Bruce Harmer said the Salvos have deployed relief teams to provide food and water, along with emotional and practical support, to emergency services personnel and displaced people as they arrive at evacuation centres.

The Salvation Army is already preparing for the recovery phase of this disaster,” Major Harmer said. “We know from experience many of those displaced by the fires are going to need us for many months or years ahead. We are committed to standing alongside these communities for as long as it takes to get them back on their feet.”

Salvation Army Emergency Services (SAES) teams are active across 12 evacuation centres through NSW and Queensland, with another evacuation centre being established today in Lismore, northern NSW. SAES teams are on standby in other areas, ready to set up as required.

“What is unfolding across New South Wales and Queensland is unprecedented,” Major Harmer said. “So, I appeal to the Australian community for an unprecedented response to our disaster appeal. These communities are going to need unprecedented support and we’ll be there to support them for the long haul. Australians are well known for standing together in times of hardship. Now is such a time.”

“Having spoken to many displaced people, it’s very apparent how emotionally they are spent. Many have no idea of the state of their properties and are under the pressure of uncertainty for today, let alone tomorrow and the months ahead.”

The Disaster Appeal has been bolstered by Woolworths’ $500,000 donation as part of its S.T.A.N.D (Support Through Australian Natural Disasters) partnership with The Salvation Army. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has also announced a $50,000 donation to the appeal on behalf of the State Government.

To donate to The Salvation Army Disaster Appeal, go to salvationarmy.org.au, call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or donate at any Woolworths checkout. (During times of need The Salvation Army is inundated with public generosity, however, our teams on the front line are requesting cash donations as they allow us to provide immediate assistance to the community).

For media enquiries, contact The Salvation Army Media Relations team on 02 9466 3134 or phone Major Bruce Harmer on 0414 403 988 (on location in the Northern NSW fire ground areas).

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