Volunteers Source ‘Flood Discounts’ Online
Thursday, 27th January 2011 at 10:37 am
A group of volunteers has set up an online website where retailers and service providers can genuinely discount their goods for Australian flood victims.
And the founders of Flood Discounts are calling on relief workers and others in the Not for Profit sector involved in flood relief to publicise the online site.
Mikael Wedemeyer, co-founder, says that with over 1000 listings and a huge following they are ready to let Flood Victims all over the country know about the discounts on offer, and how they can access them.
Wedemeyer says they have attracted many of Queensland and Australia’s most popular homewares, building materials, flooring, electrical appliances and everyday needs retailers to their site, some of whom are offering in excess of 50% off trade pricing, or cost prices for legitimate flood victims on many different types of items.
But, he says, if flood victims don’t know about the site, it is all in vain.
He says CSR Gyprock is offering enormous discounts off trade price and a flood team to connect homeowners with legitimate tradespeople; Videopro is offering cost price on all TVs Computers and Cameras, Clive Peeters is offering staff discount on all products, Terry White Chemists is offering $40000 worth of $20 vouchers and many furniture, tiles and carpet retailers are offering 20-50% off in all regions.
Wedemeyer says the discounts available to flood victims will allow them to spend a lot less money when repairing, refitting and refurbishing their homes, lives and businesses in coming weeks and months.
One of the site’s founders, Brisbane-based marketing professional, Rebecca Wilson says they are just trying to help people get their homes and businesses back and overcome the enormous burden that insurance limitations are placing on people, many of whom are surprised to find that they will receive little or no insurance benefit.
Flood Discounts website went live on Sunday 16th January, after just one day of development. In five days the site has listed more than 1000 discount offers, and had more than 100,000 hits.
Volunteers run the site in a non-commercial collaboration between the teams from Stretch Marketing and Niche Studio. All listings are completely free. There are no paid contributions or advertising on the site. Co-ordinated by Rebecca Wilson, Mikael Wedemeyer and Suzanne Pelizzari, the site relies heavily of a team of volunteers from throughout the community.
As a group of volunteers they says it is all about giving people the help they need, right when they need it.
Wilson says Flood Discounts is very clear about their goals describing the volunteers as honest, hardworking Brisbane business people who are giving their time and capability to support this devastating cause.
The website is www.flooddiscounts.com.au