Currently, 75% of the state of Queensland is a declared natural disaster zone - that's an area larger than the whole of Egypt - larger than 5 United Kingdoms. Vital regions responsible for our agriculture, livestock and seafood industries have been severely effected. Over 20,000 homes have been flooded in over 50 suburbs and cities.
To put it further into perspective:
Damaged area caused by Hurricane Katrina - 240,000 square kms
Damaged area caused by Queensland Floods - over 1,000,000 square kms
When you see numbers like that you wonder what can you do to help.
Well, if you're a Victorian Restaurant, Victorian producer, winemaker, or work in the restaurant industry there is something you can do.
An initiative called Victorian Restaurants Unite is looking for people like you to get involved and host fund-raising events to run on Australia Day. Whether you are a producer that wishes to donate stock, floor staff that are willing to donate their time or restaurants/cafes willing to host an event, then this is your chance to do something.
You can find further information by visiting the following:
Victorian Restaurants Unite on Facebook
Victorian Restaurants Unite (website)
Bloggers can do their bit by posting about this initiative and by supporting those signing up to help.
On Australia Day, instead of holding a BBQ at home - go out and support the organisations who are doing their bit for Victorian Restaurants Unite.
If you aren't in Victoria, there are still ways you can help through the Flood Relief Appeal
Donate by Phone
Call 1800 219 028 to donate using your credit card
Donate in person
• Commonwealth Bank
• St.George Bank
• Bank SA (Bank of South Australia)
• Australian Central Credit Union
• Savings & Loans Credit Union
• Coles supermarket.
Donate by internet Banking
The account details for donations are:
Account Name: Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal
BSB: 064 013
Account number: 1000 6800
SWIFT code for international donations: CTBAAU2S
Donate by mail
Cheques should be made payable to:
The Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal
ABN: 69 689 161 916
Cheques should be posted to:
Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal
C/O Department of the Premier and Cabinet
PO Box 15185
City East QLD 4002
Find complete donation details at the official site.
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