‘We need you’: LGBTIQ fundraising appeals for flood-hit Northern Rivers

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Fundraising appeals for the LGBTIQ community in the flood-ravaged Northern Rivers region of New South Wales have been launched after the region’s worst flood crisis.

The extreme weather system on Australia’s east coast caused significant flooding and damage across two states, with northern New South Wales badly affected.

In Lismore, the floodwater peaked at a record-breaking 14.4 metres. The water completely inundated Central Lismore in the region’s worst ever flood disaster.

LGBTIQ organisation ACON said the flood disaster has severely impacted the LGBTIQ community in the region, including many of their highly vulnerable clients.

ACON set up their Crisis Support Service last week. They’re providing immediate mental health and counselling support at evacuation centres and other places of refuge in the Northern Rivers.

The service is also helping to connect people with other support, including financial assistance and accommodation.

ACON has launched a fundraising appeal to expand those operations and benefit more people.

“At the moment, this service is being run by re-deploying staff in our Hunter and Sydney offices,” Parkhill said.

“But we’d like to do more, for more people.

“We will also be looking to provide direct financial support for LGBTQ+ people to help them recover.

“We urge those who are in the position to donate to make a contribution to assist LGBTQ+ communities in the Northern Rivers get back on their feet.”

Tropical Fruits facing ‘complete loss’ of their home in Lismore

Lismore LGBTIQ group Tropical Fruits also described the flood catastrophe as “by far the biggest challenge in our 33-year history”.

“After surviving two of the toughest years in our Club’s history, were now facing the complete loss of our Club’s home, the Fruit Bowl,” the group said on Saturday.

“We are working hard on the ground in the Northern Rivers, making sure people are safe and trying to save what we can of people’s houses and businesses.

“[We] are only now beginning to comprehend the impact of the floods on our Club.”

The Tropical Fruits are publishing updates, links to their own fundraisers and calls for assistance on their Facebook page.

“People who’ve lost their homes, businesses and jobs are pushing through this impossible situation,” the group said.

“While the community is incredibly resilient and strong, this is too much for us to do on our own.

“We need you. We can only survive this catastrophe with the help of our wider LGBTIQ+ community. Please donate what you can.”

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