Our Impact | Six months on from the Victoria Floods
2022 Victoria Floods | GIVIT's Impact
In October 2022, torrential rain inundated more than eight river systems and catchments across Victoria. The resulting flooding caused tragic loss of life, homes and property. Six months on, GIVIT is working with the Victorian Government and support organisations to get people back on their feet.
44,627 Items & services provided to flood-impacted communities
40 Organisations have received donated items, services or vouchers
37 Local Government Areas have charities that have placed requests
$616,368 Already spent buying essential items & services
1,215 Kilograms of items have been given a new home
6,580 Items & services donated via online warehouse towards flood recovery
People we've helped
GIVIT worked with Greater Shepparton Foundation and Mooroopna Park Primary School to identify flood-affected families struggling during the festive season.
GIVIT provided toys such as lego, blocks, board games and dolls to ensure kids had presents under the tree on Christmas morning, and grocery vouchers to help ease the financial pressure on families over the holidays.
In inner-city Melbourne, floodwaters from the Maribyrnong River inundated homes. Working with Maribyrnong City Council, GIVIT has provided:
- Marquees, stationery and a TV for a local flood-impacted organisation that supports the Ethiopian community.
- Vouchers for an elderly flood-affected man to have his yard mowed.
- Vouchers for hardware items, gardening tools and pressure washers to help residents clean up their flooded properties.
A First Nations woman who is caring for her four school-aged grandchildren lost many household items when floodwaters swept through their home. The grandmother lives with a disability, as do two of her grandkids.
GIVIT provided beds and bedding, kitchen
essentials, furniture and clothing to help the family settle into their new accommodation. The woman was in tears when she was told about the donations.
Two months after the floods, a sheep farmer's property was still inundated, and he was using a boat to get around and feed his sheep. The farmer lost sheep during the floods and has limited support available. He was unable to earn an income during this period as he was spending all his time trying to keep his sheep alive.
GIVIT provided vouchers for groceries, fuel and rural supplies to help ease this farmer's financial hardship and let him know he's not alone.
Barmah & Cummeragunja
The rural communities of Barmah and Cummergunja were completely cut off during the floods, and supplies for more than 180 families had to be brought in by boat.
GIVIT provided two chest freezers to help the community store shared food and essentials. GIVIT also provided grocery vouchers, and insect repellent to provide protection against mosquitos that were thriving in the stagnant floodwaters.
After recently being forced to transfer his terminally ill wife into a nursing home, an elderly man was evacuated from his houseboat before the floods hit. The floodwaters destroyed access to the man's home, and he had to live in a caravan with no kitchen.
GIVIT provided a hardware voucher to help this man rebuild the ramp to access his houseboat so he could get back to normality.
The man visits his wife in residential care each day, and the houseboat is named 'White Rose' after her. The man said he is now loving sitting back and enjoying his life, and is excited to plant a rose to honour his wife.
Thank you messages from organisations and recipients
I think any community organisation that's not registered with GIVIT - if they end up in a situation like we were in, you need to get on board. Don't question it, don't muck around, just do it because it'll save you a whole bucketload of time and effort.
That's great, thanks for the update. I'm in tears, I'm so grateful to you... thank you so very much.
We're incredibly thankful for the generous support provided by GIVIT during the recent Victorian flood events. Thanks to these donations we have been able to support hundreds of families who have been displaced and lost their belongings and provide food and goods assistance to remote communities that were cut off from other services.
You have truly made a difference, and we are extremely grateful! Keep up the fantastic work GIVIT, you guys are having a real impact!
Your organisation's support is a god send to people I'm working with... so much appreciated.
Impact report: six months on from the floods
Thanks to our floods supporters
GIVIT's impact in the recovery from the Victoria floods is possible thanks to our National Partners, IAG and RACV. GIVIT's recovery work is being delivered in partnership with the Victorian State Government.
We'd also like to thank our generous supporters who have made donations of $50,000 or more to GIVIT (as at 11 April 2023) to assist people impacted by the Victorian floods - Coles, DECJUBA Foundation, IMA, Melbourne Racing Club Foundation, Tabcorp, the A2 Milk Company, TOYOTA Australia and Victoria Racing Club Limited.
GIVIT's work in other disasters
Our Impact | One year on from the 2022 NSW & QLD Floods
In February and March 2022, New South Wales and Queensland were battered by flooding, causing devastating loss of life and property. One year on, here's how GIVIT is helping affected communities to recover.