Vinnies launches Newcastle flood appeal

Saying that cash is more effective than goods, St Vincent de Paul Society CEO, John Picot, has called for donations to a nationwide appeal by the charity for victims of the Newcastle region floods.

The Society is asking for monetary donations only to be used for immediate assistance for families as well as ongoing support during the crucial and stressful period of community re-building, Mr Picot said in a statement.

"The most effective help people can provide is through donations of money rather than goods", Mr Picot added.

"While the Society is grateful to the many people who want to donate goods to assist victims of the floods, a huge influx of goods at this time would cause logistical problems that would hamper the Society's ability to provide responsive disaster relief."

The St Vincent de Paul Society is part of the State-run Disaster Welfare Plan. Vinnies work with other voluntary agencies in a disaster to provide those forced to evacuate with essential material items.

People wishing to help can give to the St Vincent de Paul Society's NSW Disaster Fund by calling 13 18 12, the statement says.

Vinnies call for cash to assist Newcastle flood victims (Media Release, 13/6/07)

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14 Jun 2007