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Moderator’s Flood Appeal to help devastated communities  

02 March 2022

The Uniting Church NSW/ACT has launched a special appeal to help those communities devastated by record-breaking floods.

The Moderator of the Uniting Church NSW/ACT, Rev. Simon Hansford, said the appeal was a response to communities on the north coast of NSW which had been heavily hit by record rainfalls and the highest river heights on record.

“This disaster has already taken lives and others may be lost before it is over. Countless people have lost everything, many have been saved in dramatic rescues and have been traumatised by the fast rising waters,” Rev. Hansford said.

“We are aware that the rains are moving south and will impact communities down the central and south coasts, as well as areas of Sydney.

“As a church want to do everything we can to help. We are helping people on the ground but through this appeal we hope to do so much more.”

The church oversees the Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy Network which includes 360 chaplains from different denominations and faith groups who can deploy in times of disaster to help affected communities.

There are currently 35 chaplains deployed across 19 evacuation centres that are accessible by road.

“We hope to deploy many more when there is the ability to get to these communities, many of which have been cut off by flood waters,” Rev. Hansford said.

“Many of the chaplains, who are local ministers or chaplains in the affected areas,  are themselves flood affected.  Many cannot get across town to support others.

“We are gearing up to, when access is possible, sending in teams from other areas.  Their role is to bring comfort and pastoral care to the evacuated people and the other volunteers and Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) staff in those centres.”

There are three ways you can give to the Moderator's Appeal

  • Securely online:
    To give to the Moderator’s Flood Appeal by credit card go to https://appeals.nswact.uca.org.au/
  • By cheque:
    To give by cheque simply mark your envelope Moderator's Appeal, PO Box A2178, Sydney South NSW 1235. Please make the cheque out to "The Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of NSW and the ACT".
  • By Direct Bank Transfer:
    To give by Direct Bank Transfer you will need the following details Account Name: Moderators Appeal, BSB: 634-634, Account Number: 100044774

ENDS

  • Uniting Church Synod of NSW & ACT Moderator Rev. Simon Hansford is available for comment.
  • For media enquiries, contact Martin Thomas, 0477 340 704