With events currently in Longreach raising vital awareness and support for families impacted by drought, more support is coming in for other regions.
Schools providing much-needed relief to drought-stricken families in Queensland’s west have been boosted with Westpac pledging thousands of dollars to support their efforts.
Through GIVIT, Westpac consulted with Western Queensland community groups and will inject $10,000 into local schools to assist students.
Westpac State General Manager Queensland, Greg Crocombe, said the team is providing funding to local schools to help meet the immediate needs of students through essential items.
“We are proud to be able to provide the funding for schools in the local region as we know the youth are the future. They need access to essential items to support education and learning and we hope this small contribution helps in doing just that,” Mr Crocombe said.
“Each of the following schools will receive a donation: Alpha State School, Amarac State School, Barcaldine State School, Bedourie State School, Birdsville State School, Blackall State School, Boulia State School, Ilfracombe State School, Isisford State School, Jericho State School, Jundah State School, Longreach State School, Muttaburra State School, Our Lady’s Catholic School Longreach, Stonehenge State School, St Joseph’s Catholic School (Barcaldine and Blackall), St Patrick’s School Winton, Windorah State School and Winton State School.”
Westpac also supported a City to Bush trip to Longreach, where 100 people boarded a private plane and flew into town for a weekend of tourism, culture and direct injection in the local economy.
City to Bush Organiser, Shea Morrison, said those on the trip stayed and spent locally.
“We have 100 corporates, community leaders and racing enthusiasts who flew into Longreach for the 125th racing anniversary and music concert. They stayed in local hotels, took day-trips into town, purchased gifts, attended the races and actively supported those impacted by drought.
“We hoped to inject up to $40,000 in the local economy over the weekend,” Mrs Morrison said.
To support those impacted by drought and pledge your donation please visit www.givit.org.au.
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