Wagga Wagga revealed as Australia’s most generous city

Australia’s most generous city has been revealed by GoFundMe as millions of dollars are raised for Australians affected by floods and the cost of living.

Wagga Wagga in New South Wales has been found to be the most giving city in Australia, followed by Mackay and Bundaberg in Queensland.

The nation’s smaller cities outperformed their larger counterparts with no major cities in the top ten list.

Australians have also rallied around each other through economic uncertainty and natural disasters that have plagued the country.

As the east coast was underwater throughout March, October and November, flood relief has required major generosity from all over the country.

More than $15 million was raised for frontline flood relief and recovery efforts through more than 2500 GoFundMe campaigns.

Australia’s largest fundraiser of the year, the Bundjalung Community Flood Relief by Koori Mail, was organised to help five local Indigenous communities that were directly impacted by the NSW floods, with the fundraiser raising over $1.3 million from 6,300 donors.

The cost of living crisis facing millions of people across the globe has also seen many Australians turn to online crowd funding in order to get by.

There was an 80 per cent increase in fundraisers mentioning ‘relocation costs, ‘housing crisis’ or ‘rental crisis’ on GoFundMe in the past year.

There was also a 68 per cent jump in fundraisers that mentioned ‘cost of living’ according to GoFundMe Australia director Nicola Britton.

“As Australians adjust to life post-pandemic, it is clear that the rising cost of living, coupled with ongoing natural disasters, is hindering our ability as a nation to get back on our feet,” Ms Britton said.

“A national housing crisis, the rising cost of essentials, coupled with recurring floods, is leaving more Australians than ever asking for a little help to cover the cost of everyday living costs, like medical care, and sports and competition fees.

“It is heartwarming that despite an economic downturn and a general sense of nervousness for the year ahead, Australians continue to dig deep to back their mates in times of need.”

Australians have also been moved by the crisis in Ukraine with over $2.7 million donated to Ukrainians resettling across the country as well as those displaced across Europe, and even to getting urgent supplies to the front line.

Australians also rallied around local sports this year with a 161 per cent increase in donations in the “spots and competitions” category in the past year, collectively raising $3.9 million from 29,900 donations.

Full list of most generous cities:

  1. Wagga Wagga (NSW)
  2. Mackay (QLD)
  3. Bundaberg (QLD)
  4. Hervey Bay (QLD)
  5. Mandurah (WA)
  6. Launceston (TAS)
  7. Bunbury (WA)
  8. Maitland (NSW)
  9. Ballarat (VIC)
  10. Gosford (NSW)

Originally published as Most generous city in Australia revealed

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