Make sure you check before you donate
Authorities would like to advise those wishing to donate to victims of the Queensland floods to ensure they are giving their funds to legitimate charities.
Flood waters the size of New South Wales are currently covering large parts of the state, affecting thousands of Queenslanders.
Many of these people have their lost possessions and have not been able to work for some time.
Police urge anyone considering donating to check the identity of doorknockers and internet based appeals to ensure their money is going to those who desperately need it.
The best way for people to ensure their donation is going to the right place should:
- Ask the doorknocker/collector to provide identification
- Ask for proof of which charity they are collecting for
- Check that the charity is a registered charity
Anyone who is unsure that the collector is legitimate should decline and make a donation through registered charity groups.
You can donate to the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal by visiting www.qld.gov.au/floods, call 1800 219 028, or donate at the local branch of any major bank or at the checkout of your local Coles supermarket.
People experiencing personal hardship due to the flooding can call 1800 173 349 or visit the Department of Communities website http://www.communities.qld.gov.au/gateway/ for updates on the types and availability of support.
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