RACQ helping charities during the coronavirus pandemic

Queensland’s largest club is giving back in the state’s time of need.

When disaster strikes, the RACQ Foundation helps rebuild communities, and the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is no different.

Previously the RACQ Foundation has helped give back with financial assistance for community organisations affected by natural disasters, such as storm, flood, fire and drought.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the RACQ Foundation has offered support to Meals on Wheels Queensland.

RACQ Senior Foundation Coordinator Bridgette Muller said while the Foundation’s Assistance Projects were postponed due to COVID-19, the team had explored opportunities to give back to the community in these unprecedented times.

“The RACQ Foundation has offered support to Meals on Wheels Queensland through assisting in the distribution of essential meals to elderly and at-risk members of the public,” Ms Muller said.

“Our Foundation Coordinator Tony Larsen has been representing the Club, Foundation and our members this week in Rochedale, Springwood, Caboolture, and Bald Hills.

“He has enjoyed being able to provide tangible assistance to people who have been impacted by social isolation measures.”

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Ms Muller said Meals on Wheels Queensland was an essential service delivering more than two million meals a year across the state, to more than 10,000 people with a wide variety of support needs.

“We’re proud to be on the ground providing support and are currently working on the RACQ Foundation’s COVID-19 response with more information to be announced in the weeks ahead,” Ms Muller said.

“Whilst we have had to postpone many Foundation Assistance Projects, we are glad we could still help Queenslanders in need of assistance.

“Meals on Wheels were suffering in terms of volunteers, as many volunteers were in the at-risk category group, so we were glad we could help fill that void.

“I encourage all RACQ members to reach out to organisations such as Meals on Wheels Queensland to provide much-needed assistance and support during this global pandemic.”

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Recently, the RACQ Foundation donated more than $700,000 to help Townsville clubs following the devastating floods in 2019.

The clubs included the Flinders Townsville Girl Guides who received more than $6200 to replace kayaks, life jackets and archery equipment damaged during the floods.

The Townsville Astronomy Group received more than $49,885 to replace an astro-turf surface that was washed away by the torrent of water and the Townsville Hockey Association also benefited from $50,000 to repair and reinstate lighting to the main field that was irreparable after the floods.

Since its inception in 2011, the RACQ Foundation board has approved 229 applications and to date $8.7 million in funds has been distributed to help Community Assistance Projects.