St Vincent de Paul has launched an emergency disaster appeal to aid victims affected by the recent bushfires around Queensland and has urged people to dig deep to help. The donations are to help clothe, feed and provide financial aid to the victims and those displaced by the fires.

“We need the public to give what they can – these people are going through what can only be described as the toughest of times,” said Vinnies State President Dennis Innes.

Vinnies has had a long standing track record for responding promptly to disasters in Queensland. Over the past financial year Vinnies has distributed more than $5 million in donations to victims of the current drought,  the North Queensland floods, and the bushfires in central Queensland last year. “This is because Vinnies is the trusted charity people turn to during disasters. Vinnies will always be there for whatever Queensland faces, fire, flood or drought, and we always will be,” Mr. Innes said.

Widespread drought across the state is causing severe hardship to landholders throughout Queensland and bushfire warnings continue to be issued. “We are hearing that this is the worst start to the fire season on record. The forces hitting the state this week really are the perfect storm. We see the flames and smoke but it’s the long-term drought facing the state that’s led to these bushfires.” Innes said.

You can make a donation here, choose Queensland, and click on Vinnies Disaster Appeal – QLD.

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