Free drinking water in more than 25,000 cans will be shared amongst some of Queensland and New South Wales’ driest towns as part of a free drinking water program delivered by GIVIT and Carlton & United Breweries (CUB). The vital clean drinking water will be distributed to thirsty communities across Queensland’s Southern Downs region from Warwick by the Salvation Army, while the Royal Flying Doctor Service will assist with distribution from a hub in Cobar.

Queensland in currently gripped by one of the worst droughts on record. GIVT’s Cate Young says, providing clean drinking water is akin to liquid gold for regional towns. “It’s no secret our regional communities are doing their best to soldier on through this drought. However, this water, which is canned at CUB’s Cascade Brewery in Tasmania, will go some way to relieve the pressure on personal water storages of farmers, small businesses and families across the region,” Ms Young said.

The free drinking water program for disaster relief was launched in December 2018 by CUB in partnership with the Queensland Government and not-for-profit GIVIT. More than 100,000 water cans have been distributed in less than 12 months including to Townsville after the devastating floods earlier this year.

Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor, Tracy Dobie said the donation is another inspiring example of the giving nature of the Australian spirit. “It is heart-warming to see the level of support our region is receiving during these dry conditions, and this is not the first time Carlton & United Breweries and GIVIT have partnered to respond to a community in crisis,” said Mayor Dobie.”The Salvation Army team will ensure the donation is distributed to the people who are drought affected and need it most.”

CUB’s VP Corporate Affairs Julian Sheezel said 550 cases for Southern Downs and another 500 cases for Cobar had been dispatched from the Yatala Brewery outside Brisbane.

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