Buddhist charity organisation Tzu Chi Australia is giving $800 direct financial assistance to all of the 300 Mid Coast households whose homes were partially or totally damaged as a result of the November 8 bushfires
Representative of the organisation will be at the Tinonee Hall on Saturday, December 21 from 1pm to 3pm to distribute prepaid debit cards.
"To be eligible to receive the $800 payment your household needs to be one of the 300 partially damaged or totally destroyed on November 8 and whose details are known to the MidCoast Council," Tzu Chi spokesperson Robert Frazer said. "Simply put, if your household is on the council's list, you can receive the $800."
"Households that are eligible but who have not yet registered with Tzu Chi are welcome to attend but please come early, at midday, so we can register your details."
The registration process consists of verifying identity and eligibility.
Council staff will be on hand to confirm eligibility.
Recipients are advised to take photo ID such as their driver's licence to expedite the process.
"Our hearts go out to those affected by these catastrophic bushfires. As a charity we focus on providing the most relevant support we can, which in this case we believe is direct financial assistance.
"We want to reach as many affected households as we can so if you are eligible or know someone that is, please let them know and come along this Saturday."
If you are eligible and have questions, you can contact Tzu Chi on 9874 7666 or just go along on Saturday.
In addition to the $800 prepaid debit card recipients will receive a gift pack from Tzu Chi including a letter from the organisation's founder.
About Tzu Chi
Tzu Chi (pronounced 'Sir Gee') is an international charity organisation which originates from Taiwan. From its founding in 1966 it now has 10 million members all over the world. Tzu Chi is a Buddhist organisation that focuses on "putting compassion into action."