GIVIT helping drought affected communities in rural NSW

GIFT OF GIVING: GIVIT drought relief manager Scott Barrett is helping communities receive the support they need. Photo: ZAARKACHA MARLAN
GIFT OF GIVING: GIVIT drought relief manager Scott Barrett is helping communities receive the support they need. Photo: ZAARKACHA MARLAN

Drought-relief organisation GIVIT is on the hunt for more local charities to sign up with them to help "get the right things, to the right people, in the right way". 

GIVIT drought relief manager Scott Barrett has been travelling around with the Drought Community Outreach Convoy, which has been visiting towns to provide assistance and advice in accessing drought support.

Mr Barrett said however he is looking for more community groups and organisations within towns to help GIVIT provide assistance to those who need it most. 

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GIVIT is a not-for-profit organisation commissioned by the NSW Government to support communities during the drought.

Already the charity has donated a number of things for communities out west, however Mr Barrett is encouraging more community groups and organisations who are doing work to assist drought-affected people to sign up with them to help distribute much needed items to people. 

"Because I don't know who needs what or the best way to get it to them, we work with local charity groups and organisations to find out and make sure we get the right things to the right people in the right way," Mr Barrett said. 

"If you're a charity and you sign up with GIVIT, and if there's things you need for the people you're working with be it clients or families we can help source those items.

"Whether it be fuel voucher to get to Dubbo for a medical appointment, or an electric pump because someone's has broken down and you've got to cart water around, we can help source those items.

"It's not just farm and on-farm things we support, we realise how broad the effect of drought is and we're looking to fill that.

"We would love the CWA's in the area to sign up then they can request for people, let's say if they know of a girl who has to travel an hour to and from school who might be doing it a bit tough, we can help her with some learning resources."

Mr Barrett said 98 percent of items donated are purchased locally, and if they can't be purchased in the town they source them from neighbouring communities.  

"We're keen to buy things locally because it's not just farmers doing it tough right now," he said. 

"We don't just work with farmers either, there's farm hands not getting the work they were getting, school kids, community groups in town, there's less money around town now and we're trying to fill some of those gaps."

GIVIT is an online platform where people can request support under a community organisation, charity or service club, which Mr Barrett said is to ensure the recipient remains anonymous. 

"One of the great things about this is I never find out who the recipient is, so if someone's in need they can build a relationship with the CWA, Salvos, Barnardos, the Community Hub, whoever they they might be, then they make the request on their behalf, I never know and donors never find out who the recipient is so they remain anonymous."

Charities, community groups and organisations such at the CWA, P&F groups and Pony Club and many more are encouraged to register with GIVIT to help distribute support. 

To sign up or register visit www.givit.org.au .