PBPL helps Queensland rural families through Drought Angels donation
Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL) was pleased to present a donation of $35,000 to Drought Angels, its 2019/20 Employee Charity, during a PBPL team visit to Chinchilla today.
Drought Angels, a not-for-profit organisation that supports rural families throughout Queensland, will use the funds to purchase pre-paid Visa cards, providing direct financial assistance for families impacted by natural disasters and now COVID-19.
Ten Port of Brisbane employees travelled out west overnight to meet with Drought Angels Co-Founder, Tash Johnson, to help pack grocery hampers for the families of primary producers doing it tough alongside Drought Angels volunteers, and also to hear firsthand how families have been coping in recent months.
PBPL CEO Roy Cummins said the visit really drove home the impact that ongoing drought, summer bushfires and now Covid-19 was having on regional communities. 
“Our regional communities are incredibly resilient, and we are grateful for the important work that Drought Angels and other support organisations like them do in their local communities. We are very proud to again partner with Drought Angels to show our support,” said Mr Cummins.
“Today’s $35,000 donation takes the total raised by Port of Brisbane employees and our stakeholders to $65,000 over the last two years - money raised through various fundraising efforts and initiatives. 
“As a port, we work closely with regional communities to ensure their products can reach global markets, keeping regional people employed. But beyond that critical work, it’s also been a priority of our team to ensure our friends in rural areas doing it tough, can get the extra help they need.”
Co-Founder of Drought Angels, Tash Johnson, thanked the Port of Brisbane.
“Drought Angels has earnt a reputation for providing personalised, heartfelt and discreet assistance and we will make sure the funds get to the right people. Your donation will make a real difference to many families,” said Ms Johnson.
“It has been proven that every dollar spent in a rural community goes around 6-7 times. That’s one of the reasons why we were so happy to see the Port of Brisbane team here in Chinchilla for a few days.  We sincerely hope more of our Brisbane friends drive west this coming school holidays and stay a few nights and spend in our local communities.”