GERF has already helped out to the tune of more than $300,000

Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund has been getting money out quickly to people needing a helping hand following recent wild storms and flooding. Photo of Seaspray: John Morgan

GIPPSLAND Emergency Relief Fund has so far raised more than $343,700 in its current appeal, and $307,00 has already been distributed to 125 families affected by recent flooding and storms across Latrobe City and South Gippsland, Baw Baw and Wellington shires.
GERF president Andy Tegart thanked those who have donated to the fund so far, and acknowledged the magnificent response from Gippslanders helping Gippslanders.
Mr Tegart added that referrals for emergency financial assistance would continue in coming weeks, and it was likely that more than $500,000 was needed for GERF to ensure it could support all those affected.
“Our farming community in particular is still assessing the impact on their properties and we want to provide support to them, along with all other eligible residents and businesses,” Mr Tegart said.
“We’re asking local community members and corporate citizens, neighbours and friends from other communities to think about the plight of flood-affected Gippsland communities and give whatever they can.”
Recipients who have already received emergency funding support have expressed their gratitude and appreciation for prompt financial assistance at a difficult time.
Mr Tegart encouraged farmers, residents and business — if they haven’t done so already — to contact their local council municipal recovery manager as soon as possible to lodge an application for support.
“Once applications are approved, GERF is able to promptly distribute much-needed funds,” he said.
Donations can be made via direct transfer (BSB number: 083 932, account number 740196862), PayPal at www.gerf.org.au, or at any at any NAB branch.
All donations more than $2 are tax deductible.
Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund was established in 1978 as a not-for-profit charity operated by volunteers for Gippsland communities affected by natural disasters.
All donations received are distributed to Gippsland residents affected by natural disaster.