An Independent Appeal Distribution Committee is currently being established to manage funds received through the official Gold Coast Appeal to support the families who lost loved ones during the Dreamworld tragedy.

GIVIT, on behalf of City of Gold Coast, is collecting funds for the official Gold Coast Appeal through its website givit.org.au.

GIVIT, a national not for profit, is funded by the Queensland Government to manage donations and services in times of disaster. Therefore GIVIT has not, and will not, charge any administration fees or claim costs associated with the management of the Appeal.

How are funds being distributed?

The funds are being distributed on the advice and guidance of an Independent Appeal Distribution Committee currently being established.

This committee will be led by an independent chair, Bond University Pro Vice Chancellor, Catherine O’Sullivan, to oversee a fair, timely and effective distribution of funds. The committee will also consist of local organisations, council and experts including; City of Gold Coast, Australian Red Cross, GIVIT and other Gold Coast representatives.

100% of all funds received by GIVIT through the Appeal will be directed to support the families affected by the Dreamworld tragedy.

The committee will prioritise immediate support for the families of the four people who were tragically killed and two children injured. The committee is aware families have immediate needs and is meeting as soon as possible to work towards an initial distribution to meet those needs.

More than $101,900 has been pledged to GIVIT’s official Gold Coast Appeal, thanks largely to $100,000 pledged by 10 businesses and organisations on the Gold Coast.

Dreamworld has announced it will be donating proceeds from its proposed public Memorial Day to Australian Red Cross. Ardent Leisure’s CEO will also be donating $167,500 through the Memorial Day.

Red Cross, which is not running an appeal or collecting other funds for the tragic incident, has confirmed 100% of the funds received via Dreamworld will be used to provide assistance to people affected. These funds will be distributed through the Independent Appeal Distribution Committee with priority given to the families directly impacted.

Donations can still be made via GIVIT’s website, givit.org.au, or people can donate via any local Westpac branch in person by requesting to make a donation to ‘GIVIT’s Gold Coast Appeal’.

GIVIT is looking forward to working with the Gold Coast community to support the long term recovery of those severely impacted by this tragic event.

For more information or interviews please contact Ash Moore, GIVIT’s Media Advisor on ash@givit.org.au.

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