From everyone at Australian Red Cross, we would like to thank the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund for generous donations to support the recovery of communities impacted by the Qld and NSW floods.
HRH The Prince of Wales is a long-time supporter of our disaster response and recovery work. With disasters becoming more frequent and intense, it will take a global effort to prepare and respond. We’re so grateful for the support from across the world, as our recovery teams work on the ground in Qld and NSW to help families and communities continue to rebuild and recover.
Having visited many of the affected areas over the years, I am deeply shocked by the extent of this flooding across rural areas, as well as in major cities such as Brisbane and Sydney.
My wife and I were first struck by the appalling images from Lismore, and other communities in the Northern Rivers region, as well as in South East Queensland. We saw pictures of streets turned into fast flowing rivers and water levels rising to the rooftops of family homes. From the other side of the world we witnessed the valiant efforts of volunteers in small boats rescuing trapped neighbours and strangers alike. We saw interviews with people who, having rebuilt their homes and lives following previous floods, know they must go through the painful process of rebuilding again. It is incredibly distressing to learn that thousands of homes have been left uninhabitable, beyond repair.
Our heartfelt thoughts are with those families and friends who have lost loved ones, and with the many thousands of people in Queensland and New South Wales whose livelihoods and businesses have received yet another blow after the privations caused by the Covid pandemic.
HRH The Prince of Wales