Paint drive raises $150,000 for regional communities

GIVIT Drought Relief Officer Melissa Bowman was in Tenterfield earlier this year.

GIVIT Drought Relief Officer Melissa Bowman was in Tenterfield earlier this year.

Isolating DIYers and professional painters have raised $150,000 for the In It Together campaign, by Taubmans and national online charity GIVIT, to support regional communities in need after recent bushfires, prolonged drought, floods and now COVID-19.

With many charitable fundraising activities cancelled due to COVID-19, In It Together initially aimed to deliver at least $120,000 for essential goods and rebuilding projects for communities in need.

GIVIT CEO, Sarah Tennant, said the funds will allow GIVIT to purchase many more essential items to best support people in need, from parched outback farms to bushfire-affected East Gippsland.

"Whether its hardware items and water tanks for a drought-stricken farming community, or supermarket and clothing vouchers for rural families in need, we will put the donated funds to work to make an immediate and positive difference," said Ms Tennant.

"We also buy locally, wherever possible, to help stimulate the recovery of regional economies, ensuring the impact from every single generous donor is widespread."

Anne Neeson, Taubmans' General Manager, PPG architectural coatings, AUS and NZ, thanked all the DIYers and professional painters who supported the donation by choosing to paint with Taubmans.

"And thank you to Bunnings, Bristol and our independent retail partners who came on board, despite the challenging economic climate," she said.

"Your support for the program will make a difference to the lives of many in our regional and rural communities."

GIVIT, a regular visitor to Tenterfield, works with more than 3400 charity partners on the ground throughout Australia to match the donation of goods with the individual and specific needs of recipients.

The GIVIT website is as an online warehouse by removing the need for charities to physically collect, sort and store donations, significantly reducing the administrative and financial burden.

Ms Tennant encouraged all charities, schools, councils and community groups to register via GIVIT.org.au to access thousands of donations offered by generous individuals and corporates for the people and communities theyre supporting.