The St Vincent de Paul Society continues to distribute funds received through the Vinnies Bushfire Appeal, with $13.7 million raised to date.
Vinnies reiterated that every cent of funds donated to the appeal will be spent on people affected by the fires.
National President Claire Victory said the Society has dispatched $3.8 million so far from the Vinnies Bushfire Appeal, mostly as direct cash payments for bushfire-impacted households in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and Canberra-Goulburn.
“In addition, since the fires began in September 2019, large volumes of food, water, clothing, toiletries, bedding, and other essentials have been provided by Vinnies volunteers in their local communities,” Ms Victory said.
“On behalf of the Federal Government, the Society is distributing government Emergency Relief Funds to people in affected communities. In the past fortnight, the Society has distributed over $1.1 million nationally in monies to approximately 1040 households.
“Our volunteers continue to provide emotional and psychological support as well as financial and material support in the communities in which they work and live.”
Ms Victory said assessing people and ensuring the right assistance is provided takes time.
“The Society understands the public sentiment for funds to reach people as quickly as possible. As the fires continue an increasing number of people are waiting to receive financial support,” Ms Victory said.
“Our conferences in local communities across Australia are working with local people to bring relief as quickly as possible to as many communities affected by fires as they can.
“We are here for the long term and will offer our support to people and communities as they begin to rebuild their lives.”
Vinnies bushfire response continues (St Vincent de Paul Society)