Our flood story & how you can help support flood-affected small businesses!

It’s been 4 weeks since the floods hit our towns and surrounding areas. The communities around us are rebuilding and healing, and for some, the journey is a long one ahead. Our team is based in the Northern Rivers, and while we are all safe, sadly, the shipping container that housed all of our event equipment, signage, tools and years and years worth of working event solutions was flooded, and 90% of what we owned was damaged.

After 2 years of a pandemic, a natural disaster like this is undoubtedly a blow for our small business. Compared to many others that lost everything, our problems are small, and our story is just one of the many stories affecting thousands of people in this region. Our hearts are broken by these stories of businesses that barely survived the pandemic, have lost everything and now, are unable to rebuild or have minimal resources.

How you can help:

We’re holding our first Online Market for the year on April 8-10 and it’s going to be an extra special one. The 3-day virtual shopping event will be a flood relief fundraiser with 10% of all sales going to Arts Northern Rivers to help rebuild small creative businesses impacted by the floods disaster. ANR and the small businesses they support are very near and dear to us as we also call the Northern Rivers home.

Our creative community of Online Marketplace sellers are ready and raring with exclusive discounts, special offers, free shipping, free gifts and more! Support small and find your new favourite made-with-love wares.

Want to learn more about Arts Northern Rivers or donate directly? Go here.

Are you, or do you know a creative small business that has been directly affected by the floods? Over the next few weeks, we’ll be shouting out businesses that need support to rebuild and get back on track. Nominate them here.

‘In The Heart’ Sculpture in Murwillumbah by Holly Ahern & Eden Crawford
Image by Brendan Beirne @mediamode

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