Mayor’s Flood Appeal raises more than $110,000

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THE MAYOR’S Flood Appeal has passed $113,194 (April 13 at 4.30pm) with some big donations to support flood-affected Tweed communities and there’s more to come.

The Kingscliff ‘Caravan of Love’ event at the Kingscliff Beach Hotel raised more than $21,000 and ITV Granada, producers of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here, donated $20,000 to the appeal.

Many local businesses, including Dinky Di Discounts and Tropical Fruit World have also dug deep to support their Tweed colleagues.

Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne said many significant personal donations have also been received from individuals based locally and outside the Tweed.

“To pass the $100,000 mark is really quite remarkable, from the big corporate supporters through to the families chipping in a few dollars – every contribution will make a difference,” she said.

“I would like to extend a huge thank you to all the gorgeous people who have contributed so far, 100 per cent of this fund will be distributed to local residents and businesses affected by the floods – there are no administration fees or payments to corporate fundraising websites.

“An independent committee including representatives from community services, business and farming groups will review applications for assistance with the priority to be on those people and businesses who have limited access or options for insurance claims, funding or grants.

“We want to help the people who are at risk of falling through the gaps in the support system.

“It will be an easy process for people to apply and details of the distribution stage of the funds will be available on our website and publicised widely when finalised.”

All donations are tax deductible and can be made to the appeal at Commonwealth Bank branches or electronically via:

Account name: Tweed Shire Council – Mayor Appeal Fund
BSB: 062-580 Account number: 10370281