Staff from online charity GIVIT have joined up with Super Rugby premiers the ACT Brumbies in visits around bushfire impacted regions.
Players from the Brumbies visited Bemboka last week, but GIVIT have announced that fundraising efforts by the Brumbies have surpassed $50,000 for the GIVIT NSW Bushfire Appeal.
GIVIT Regional NSW Manager, Caroline Odgers says the charity's key focus is to continue to engage their network of donors to ensure no resident or bushfire-affected community is forgotten.
"From Kiah to Queanbeyan, Broulee to Batlow and the dozens of incredible bushfire-hit communities across New South Wales, donations from the champion Brumbies and their supporters have allowed GIVIT to provide exactly what's needed by stoic locals in need," said Ms Odgers.
Officials said 100 per cent of the donated funds are used to purchase items for people in need. Donations and more info can be found at GIVIT.org.au/nsw-bushfires.
Brumbies CEO Phil Thomson said, "As a team and an organisation, we're immensely proud to have helped raise this money for a truly worthy cause. The bushfire crisis affected all of us in our region, and it's important for us at the Brumbies to play our part in the healing and rebuilding process."
Almost a year on from the catastrophic bushfires, Ms Odgers says the needs for communities are focused on repairing homes as well as items to best support the health of those affected.
"There's still a need for water tanks, generators and tools, but we're also seeing requests for items to support people's wellbeing such as beehives, seedlings, canoes, guitars and sewing machines. It's so important to make these communities feel that they are supported and not forgotten."
Ms Odgers urged local charities and community groups to register with GIVIT to access and request items to help those in need due to bushfires, everyday hardships and the impact of COVID-19.
GIVIT is free, private and easy to use, and currently supports over 3,600 charities across Australia. If you are a local charity or service, please register at GIVIT.org.au/need-help/organisations.