Broncos and GIVIT help Stanthorpe
We love it when Aussie sporting heroes get involved with GIVIT events!
We were delighted when the ever-generous Brisbane Broncos wanted to lend their support in person in Queensland town, Stanthorpe. They gave a much-needed lift to the Southern Darling Downs Community, just weeks after devastating fires swept through the region. While at Stanthorpe, the team gifted merchandise and had a game of touch football with local kids, helping to raise spirits and hundreds of dollars. Funds raised went directly to purchasing essential items needed by the community from local stores - helping the region and its resilient community move forward again.
A local food program was in desperate need of a chest freezer. With the overwhelming demand of community members following the region's bushfires they simply didn’t have the freezer capacity to keep up with demand.
While in Stanthorpe, GIVIT’S Queensland Manager, Jo Beadle, was able to hand over not just a chest freezer for the food program but many generous gifts from corporate and individual donors, some distributed via the Granite Belt Neighbourhood Centre, Stanthorpe Hospital and St Vincent de Paul. Jo described how such donations were typical of the response to an appeal, leaving her in awe of people’s generosity. She was gratified to see, first-hand, that the woman’s and children’s items were meeting a real need for impacted locals.
Jo shared, that while corporate donations of new goods were vital to meeting needs, financial donations were also highly valuable, "Not only do they help those people identified, but they help businesses”. In Southern Darling Downs, for example, cash contributions enabled purchases for required items to be made at a local Bi-Rite. And, to round off a successful GIVIT trip to Stanthorpe, a pre-loved fridge, washing machine, and freezer were also matched with a local request.