A $50,000 funding contribution by RACQ Foundation in March enabled Lifeline’s Community Recovery Team to make almost 1,500 calls to 373 people in need.
RACQ Foundation Chair Bronwyn Morris said Queenslanders across the south east were hit hard at the start of this year when record breaking rainfall caused catastrophic flooding, displacing thousands of families.
“Natural disasters have drastic consequences for communities – not just psychically but also mentally and emotionally,” Ms Morris said.
“Many people are already doing it tough with the pandemic and the rising cost of living, to then have their home, vehicle or business inundated can cause greater upheaval in their lives – leaving them feeling traumatised and helpless.
“It’s comforting to know we could help Lifeline Queensland staff be there for community members when they needed it most.
“The team provided much-needed virtual and tele-outreach support to flood-affected people in Maryborough, Ipswich, the Lockyer Valley, Logan, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Gympie and Moreton Bay and Caboolture regions.”
Lifeline Queensland’s State Manager Geoffrey Norman said the financial support from RACQ Foundation was crucial in helping Lifeline be there for communities.
“We are immensely grateful to RACQ Foundation for enabling us to be on hand to administer psychological first-aid to people impacted by these terrible floods,” Mr Norman said.
“Having someone to talk to during the peak of a disaster is incredibly important and has long-lasting positive impacts to the ongoing recovery.”
RACQ Foundation’s donation also aided the work of dedicated Indigenous crisis support officers and Lifeline’s Farmer to Farmer program
, as well as funding staff to work with GIVIT to support 980 people fill out charity requests for replacement household items.
One flood-impacted Queenslander expressed how thankful they were for the support they received.
“Feeling blessed as it’s been a rough week. Thanks for providing a bit of light at the end of the tunnel,” they said.
To date, RACQ Foundation has pledged $2.1 million
to assist 73 flood-affected community groups and sporting clubs. The grants enable groups, many of them not-for-profit organisations run by volunteers, to pay for rebuilding costs and the replacement of much-needed equipment and amenities.
Applying for an RACQ Foundation Community Grant can be done online
. There are two application rounds per year, with the current round closing on 7 October.