There were dishwashers, televisions, fridges and money donated to buy a kitchen sink. One 94-year-old Bonny Hills resident received a much-needed window for her granny flat allowing her to return to live with her family.
In all, around 840 household items were given in ABC Radio’s NSW Flood Appeal along with $315,000 all of which will go to those affected by the March floods in communities up and down the NSW coast.
The seven-day appeal, which closed yesterday, ran on ABC Radio Sydney, ABC’s twelve regional NSW bureaux, the national News Channel and ABC News NSW, including the 7.00pm television bulletin. It was run in partnership with the not-for-profit organisation GIVIT.
ABC Sydney Manager, Melanie Withnall, thanked ABC audiences around NSW for their enormous generosity saying, “Some in flood-affected communities have been doing it tough. In some cases, families have lost all their essential household items and are not in a position to be able to replace them. The response from our listeners has been overwhelming and will make such a big difference for those most in need.”
Ms Withnall also thanked the ABC’s appeal partner, GIVIT, which ensures 100 per cent of donated goods, services and money raised, gets to those who need it.
GIVIT CEO, Sarah Tennant says, “On behalf of GIVIT and everyone affected by these devastating floods, we would like to thank ABC listeners for their generosity. This is a long-term recovery for so many people and your donations will go a long way in helping people to get back on their feet.”