Ongoing recovery efforts for the devastating North Queensland floods have received a fundraising injection of just over $26,000, thanks to the generosity of the Cowboys community.
The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys were pleased to pass on the donation to GIVIT, to support Townsville and north-west Queensland communities affected by the historic flooding event in February.
The funds were raised across a series of fundraising initiatives held around the club's first home game of the season, including:
- Donations at the gates
- Online charity auction: 17 signed Cowboys jerseys; team-signed Dragons replica playing jersey; Michael Morgan signed, match-worn boots; Jordan McLean signed, match-worn boots; signed Cowboys v Dragons team ball; Lee Kernaghan money-can’t-buy experience; Luthier-rebuilt Stratocaster guitar (copy by Dylan Eberhard)
- Toyota Hilux Kick donation from Toyota Australia and the North Queensland Toyota Dealers
- Donation from Karrie Webb
- Donation from the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys
Thank you to these special contributors and our members and fans for their fantastic support!
The funds were warmly received by GIVIT, who said that almost five months on from the disaster, the needs of North Queensland residents are still high.
“Personal item losses from this disaster have been incredibly high and the requests for assistance keep coming as people repair their homes and return or find new accommodation," GIVIT CEO Juliette Wright said.
"It’s at this time of the recovery process that residents begin to comprehend the extent of their loss. Many residents were uninsured or not covered for floods.
“Every dollar donated to GIVIT’s Queensland Floods Appeal has been spent within communities on vital and requested items to support those most affected.
“The needs of residents will continue to change throughout this long recovery phase as people rebuild their lives but GIVIT needs more funds to help.”
Donations of funds and required items for flood-affected North Queenslanders can still be made through GIVIT – check out givit.org.au to see how you can help.