2016 Storm Event Appeal
Posted on: 16.06.2016
Wollondilly Shire Council has launched the 2016 Storm Event Appeal in response to the recent storm event in Picton and surrounding areas. The appeal is administered through the Wollondilly Shire Council Mayor’s Relief Fund. The purpose of the fund is to provide support to anyone affected by the storm and 100% of donations received from the generosity of the community are going directly back to assist those in need.
The Mayor’s Relief Fund is managed by a Committee under the requirements of the adopted constitution (as endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office). The Committee is responsible for approving and making payments to individuals who have suffered loss as a result of a disaster, or to approved social welfare organisations set up for the purpose of providing relief to those who have suffered loss or distress as a result of a disaster.
Council undertakes a strict process to ensure that all funds go directly to people within the community who have been affected by the recent storms.
To date approximately 39 individuals or families have received immediate assistance through the Mayor’s Relief Fund with relief payments so far totalling $13,500. These funds have been used by affected members of the community to purchase essential items like food and clothing.
Without the generosity of the community through donations to the Mayor’s Relief Fund, direct assistance through small cash disbursements would not have been possible. The people who have received assistance through the Mayor’s Relief Fund have been extremely grateful to the community for the help they have received through the Fund.
Mayor Simon Landow said: “After such a devastating event that has affected so many people, it is overwhelming to see the response in our community. It has been amazing to see everyone come together in a time of such adversity and provide support to those that are in need. I am so proud of the community and am proud to say I am part of the Wollondilly community. Wollondilly is such a resilient community, who genuinely cares about the welfare of everyone affected by the recent storms; and how the community has responded is a great example of how a community should act in tough times.”
Council will continue to administer all donations to the Mayor’s Relief Fund by ensuring all funds are distributed to those in need as a result of the storm.