Australian not-for-profit organisation GIVIT will be managing all donations to support Queensland communities affected by Cyclone Debbie.
In partnership with the Queensland Government GIVIT manages all offers of assistance, including cash and item donations, following disasters using its website givit.org.au.
GIVIT will also use an SMS platform for cash donations, with people able to donate simply by texting the word DEBBIE to the number 0437 371 371.
GIVIT Founder and CEO, Juliette Wright, said GIVIT is experienced in managing donations in disasters and is ready to assist any community which may be affected by Cyclone Debbie.
“GIVIT is a trusted and proven donation platform with experience in managing the donation of tens of thousands of items after disasters in Queensland,” Mrs Wright said, “and this SMS tool will mean that people can help others simply by sending a text and filling out a form on their phones.
“When running cash appeals following disasters, we guarantee that 100% of the funds received by GIVIT will be spent helping affected communities recover. GIVIT, wherever possible, purchases locally to assist recovery of the local economy.
“As people are preparing for Cyclone Debbie, I’d urge anyone who might have items or funds that could aid in recovery to give that item at givit.org.au.”
Mrs Wright said GIVIT works with frontline services to identify their exact needs and then lists them online.
“We know from past events Australians are incredibly generous and want to help people who have been devastated by disasters,” she said. “GIVIT channels this generosity and lets people know exactly what is required so recovery workers aren’t inundated by donations they don’t need.
“The recovery period from a major disaster can be months or even years and during that time, charities and other service providers working on the ground to assist are constantly updating us on exactly what’s needed.”
To see what is urgently needed in communities impacted by the cyclone, or to give your donation or offer of assistance please visit givit.org.au. If you are a local charity or service wanting to access donated goods and services, please register at givit.org.au/charity-registration.
For more information or interviews please contact Ash Moore, GIVIT’s Media Advisor on firstname.lastname@example.org.