In the past 10 days, the heartland of Stone & Wood – the Northern Rivers region – has faced a disaster unlike most of us have ever seen before.
The recent floods have touched all of us here, either directly or through family, friends and neighbours.
We are immensely proud of our Stone & Wood team who have been out on the streets, in community halls and people’s homes doing everything they could to help their communities through the rescue and recovery efforts.
While for some of the region, the first stage of recovery is coming to an end, we know that for many people, this will be a process that takes months.
So, what can we do as a Northern Rivers business who wants to be a part of the solution? This is what we’ve been asking ourselves since day one.
From an immediate financial perspective, our not-for-profit arm, the inGrained Foundation, has donated $150,000 to community organisations operating in some of the most flood affected areas. Some of the initial organisations we’re working with include the Mullumbimby Community Centre, the Northern Rivers Community Gateway, the Murwillumbah Community Centre and Ngunya Jarjam.
Later this month, the inGrained Foundation, will be launching its annual Large Grants Round where local not-for-profits can apply for funding for long-term-projects. Those who are operating flood recovery projects are encouraged to apply.
SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITY
As the situation continues to unfold, we will be doing all we can to support our community and show up for each other as best we can throughout 2022 and beyond.
On Sunday 13 March, our breweries in Byron and Brisbane both held Flood Relief Fundraisers with all profits from the events going to the amazing people at Orange Sky, who are on the ground with mobile laundries and showers, getting those affected fresh clothes for their backs. Stay tuned to find out how much was raised on the day.
For a little snapshot of our day in Byron and how our community are holding up, we pulled together a quick video.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
If you’re looking for some direction on how you can help, below is just a small list of some of the great people out there working directly with the community.
It Takes a Town: Helping affected families directly with supplies and essential items.
Resilient Lismore – Lismore Helping Hands: The Lismore community-run disaster response network are coordinating with services across the Northern Rivers and are building systems to assist across the region.
Bundjalung Community Flood Relief – by Koori Mail. Funds go directly to the people and communities.
The Byron Rangers are mobilising 3,000+ local volunteers to organise crisis accommodation, supply food packages, transport goods for people and wildlife, and the massive clean up.
The Echo Go Fund Me Raising funds and distributing them as quickly as possible to help the community organisations on the ground.
Human Nature Adventure therapy – Ballina: Support for affected young people who may not engage in conventional clinical mental health support.
GIVIT is managing offers of donated goods, services, volunteering and funds.
For some resources you may find helpful during these times based on your situation, visit the Enova Energy website