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The entire Far North Queensland community is facing an unprecedented crisis due to COVID-19.

The FNQ Youth Assistance Fund has quickly formed an emergency Community Crisis Fund to assist families and youths through this difficult time. While the Australian Government has provided support packages, community funding provides immediate access to food and medicine for local families in our region.

The aim of the Community Crisis Fund is to provide food and medical vouchers to disadvantaged youths, up to 24 years of age, or families in crisis, suffering severe acute financial duress due to loss of job and income directly resulting from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

FNQ Youth Assistance Fund President, Richard Ireland said: “Whilst it’s true that Coronavirus supplements are being offered in the wider community, we need to act quickly at a local level. We are calling for support to help Far North Queensland’s disadvantaged youth in a time of crisis. We ask the community to dig deep, if possible, given we are all currently facing some uncertainty.”

“It is essential that as a community, we ensure that the youth of Far North Queensland, most heavily impacted by COVID-19 are provided the support necessary to assist them in this time of need. It is a very grave situation that we all face, however, there are certain regions within Far North Queensland where youth are particularly vulnerable – now is the time for us to provide the support that is so desperately needed.” Mr Ireland said.

We are asking members of the community to donate and help us do everything we can to assist local families and youths in these uncertain times.

All Funds raised in the COVID-19 appeal will go towards the purchase of vouchers to offer immediate access to food and prescription medicine for those in crisis. To provide a rapid response we will facilitate e-vouchers or direct payments to ensure funding recipients are able to access food and medicine from supermarkets and pharmacies in their region. Locally, Piccones Supa IGA and Alive Pharmacy have already put their hands up to come onboard.

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