Renowned Toowoomba car rally organiser, Jamie Lawson, is officially launching his new home-grown venture the Road Boss Rally in the Garden City today.

Road Boss Rally has named GIVIT Charity of Choice, and will be raising money and support for the cause.

Word of the rally has already spread across the country with 72 teams from New South Wales, Victoria, Cairns, Rockhampton, Roma and Mackay pre-registered to take part in the inaugural rally covering almost 10,000km across remote, outback Australia.

To officially launch the Road Boss Rally, Mr Lawson is holding a media call on April 27, 2016 at Wellcamp Airport, where media are invited to interviews and a rally pre-show.

Over the past 20 years Mr Lawson and his father, Alan, have been at the helm of high-profile charity car rallies such as the Kidney Kar Rally, the Cystic Fibrosis Great Escape and Great Endeavour Rally.

Dubbed “the Road Boss” for his work, this year Mr Lawson will tackle a new venture by launching the Road Boss Rally.

Kicking off from Toowoomba on June 5, the convoy of rally cars will head west to tackle tough, scenic country as they zig-zag through 3,000km of little-used roads and private property to the idyllic destination of Port Macquarie on the New South Wales coastline.

Then a ‘Super Addition’, occurring every four years, will head off across the red dust of remote, outback Australia travelling an extra 7,000km to arrive in Perth by June 25.

Mr Lawson said while the Road Boss Rally will raise dust, it will also raise dollars for Australian charity GIVIT to continue its work supporting other charities across Australia.

“Our first rally this June is not for the faint-hearted. The cars will tackle bush roads and challenging tracks to reach remote areas. Our rally is tough, but we know it is nothing compared to what others battle every day,” Mr Lawson said.

“We chose to raise funds to support grass-roots organisation GIVIT, as we strongly believe in the work it does to assist 1,100 other charities across the country.”

GIVIT Founder and CEO, Juliette Wright, said she was incredibly grateful for the support of Road Boss Rally and its entrants.

“GIVIT is a charity connecting those who have, with those in need. Through our website, all trusted charities, not-for-profits and front-line agencies can (for free) request exactly what is needed by their vulnerable clients,” Ms Wright said.

“The incredible donations from Road Boss Rally will go a long way towards ensuring those requests are fulfilled and people in need receive what they need, when they need it most.”

Mr Lawson, who has organised car rallies for more than 20 years, has previously raised more than $20 million to support Australians doing it tough and is hoping the generosity continues.

“We have already raised around $20,000 for GIVIT and we haven’t even had out first rally! I’m excited to see the generous donations continue in the coming months,” Mr Lawson said.

Anyone who wants to get involved with the Road Boss Rally, support GIVIT and come on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure is encouraged to visit www.roadbossrally.com.au.

For images, interviews or further information please contact Kayla Brereton GIVIT Media and Communications on kayla@givit.org.au

GIVIT is setting up its Disaster Recovery Service in Western Australia after signing a significant new partnership with the Bankwest Foundation.

The agreement follows WA’s worst bushfire season on record and will assist the way disaster recovery is managed in the state.

Red Cross Executive Director WA, Steve Joske CSC, said the partnership would ensure GIVIT is on hand in WA to assist state agencies and charities in times of need by managing offers of donated goods and services during the recovery phase after a disaster.

“While the generosity of the WA public can always be relied upon in times of disaster it can place a strain on organisations who then need to disperse any donated goods to the people most in need,” Mr Joske said.

“The GIVIT scheme aims do all this during and after a disaster, ensuring the generous donations from people and communities marries with the needs of people directly affected by disasters. Australian Red Cross has worked with GIVIT in Queensland and we have seen how it can make a real difference in people’s lives.”

“We are excited to now have access to this service in Western Australia and are confident it will make a contribution in the disaster space and free other agencies like Red Cross to get on with its vital work of response and recovery.”

Funding from the Bankwest Foundation will help GIVIT establish an office in Perth and connect those who have with those in need. Its web-based ‘virtual warehouse’ will eliminate the need for organisations to physically collect and store donations, allowing people to support those in need by giving exactly what is required in their local area.

The Bankwest Foundation was established in 2013 with a mission to improve the wellbeing of Australians by enabling the implementation of significant and meaningful community initiatives in WA and nationally.

Bankwest Foundation Chair, Sinead Taylor, said the partnership with GIVIT was part of the Foundation’s commitment to supporting research and reform of the Western Australian Community Sector.

“The Bankwest Foundation is thrilled to be partnering with GIVIT, which will tackle the specific reform priority of building community resilience in natural disasters,” Ms Taylor said.

“We will do this by funding the establishment of a Perth office for GIVIT and providing the resources to activate an incident room in times of natural disaster to mobilise our people when demands for goods are dramatically increased at short notice.”

GIVIT founder and CEO, Juliette Wright, said she was delighted to enter into an official partnership with the Bankwest Foundation to ensure vulnerable Western Australians get exactly what they need when they need it most.

“GIVIT is a Queensland-grown innovative solution to disaster recovery and we are looking forward to working with the Bankwest Foundation to grow the service in WA to ensure more communities across the state are supported,” Ms Wright said.

For images, interviews or further information please contact Kayla Brereton GIVIT Media and Communications on kayla@givit.org.au

GIVIT announced today it has secured the support of major insurer IAG as its National Founding Partner, in a move to connect more Australians with vital goods in their time of need.

GIVIT operates as a free, online giving-portal which enables the public to donate items which are then distributed to vulnerable members in the community. GIVIT currently manages all offers of donated goods and services following natural disasters in Queensland.

The new partnership with IAG will help GIVIT scale its business to service even more communities across Australia. It will also drive the expansion of GIVIT’s Disaster Recovery Service, which was recently awarded the National Resilient Australia Award by the Attorney-General.

“GIVIT is an innovative, Queensland-grown solution for donation management,” said Juliette Wright, GIVIT Founder and CEO. “We connect those who have with those who need. Through our website, trusted agencies supporting Australians in need can request exactly what is required – from a fridge to school shoes to toiletries.

“The support provided by IAG will help us to put in place the business strategy and infrastructure to support our national expansion. We can now look to work with more charities across the country to help Australians have free access to quality donations when and where they need them.”

Since GIVIT was established in 2009, almost 295,000 items have been donated through the website. With IAG’s support, GIVIT is hoping to facilitate 1,000,000 donations within the next three years.

“We have seen first-hand how receiving things like clean clothing and bedding following a natural disaster can make a big difference to people who have lost everything or can’t access their home,” said Julie Batch, Chief Customer Officer for IAG.

“Our purpose is to help make your world a safer place and our partnership with GIVIT is a demonstration of this. Through working with GIVIT, we can give more Australians a helping hand in their time of need.”

GIVIT’s unique ‘virtual warehouse’ eliminates the need for organisations to physically collect, sort and store unsolicited donations. This significantly reduces the administrative and financial burden for councils and charities, saving valuable resources for critical recovery activities.

The charity has been recognised by the Australian Government for its role in improving emergency management and enhancing community resilience to natural disasters, awarded the National Resilient Australia Award by Australia’s Attorney-General’s Department.

On presenting the Award to GIVIT the Minister for Justice, The Hon Michael Keenan MP, said that GIVIT provides excellence and innovation in emergency management and actively works to make Australia more resilient to natural disasters.

“There is always a swell of support and generous donations for those who have been affected,” Mr Kennan said. “GIVIT’s sophisticated online platform provides a simple, proven, coordinated response to quickly match donations and ensure offers of assistance get to where they are most needed.”

To learn more about GIVIT’s National Founding Partner, IAG, please visit its website www.iag.com.au.

For images, interviews or further information please contact Kayla Brereton GIVIT Media and Communications on kayla@givit.org.au