New drought appeal to recycle the love
THE success of Lifeline’s container refund scheme will soon benefit Southern Downs drought victims, thanks to a new drought appeal.
In conjunction with Lifeline Darling Downs’ Container Refund Depot’s first birthday, the charity has announced all the recycling profits until April will be donated to the drought relief appeal You Return It, We Return It.
Lifeline Darling Downs and South West Queensland CEO Derek Tuffield hopes to raise $50,000 through the appeal.
“We want to feel that someone has heard them – they are hurting, ” he said.
Mr Tuffield estimated more than 8.5 million containers were recycled in the Darling Downs alone during the first 12 months of the scheme and he believed that demonstrated how significant this drought help could be.
“When you see that we’ve collected 8.5 million containers that paid out to $71,000 back into the community within 12 months, it’s an example to say (10c) does add up and does make a difference, and we think we can raise it,” Mr Tuffield said.
While the organisation had been running a self-funded drought appeal of some kind for six years, the severity of this recent drought had dried up its available funds and there were still applications for help arriving daily.
“We’re still getting two to three applications a day across our coverage area asking for financial assistance,” Mr Tuffield said.
The charity was aware of how financial burdens could take their toll, especially around the festive season.
“Financial stress is front and centre for me. We heard of farmers who won’t go into town because they owe too much money to the financial creditors, who in small towns are often friends of theirs,” he said.
To donate the profits from your recycling to the drought appeal, donate to Lifeline account number C1000 4170.
For more information, phone Lifeline Warwick on (07) 4688 3714.