Meet the he­roes who stood up to Deb­bie

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CY­CLONE Deb­bie may have knocked us over but it didn’t knock us down. As our com­mu­nity/com­mu­ni­ties across Queens­land and New South Wales get on with the re­cov­ery ef­fort, now you can do your part.

In a News Corp spe­cial pub­li­ca­tion (also the own­ers of of this pub­li­ca­tion) we feature the he­roes who helped over­come ad­ver­sity in March and April.

The gloss 132-page book De­fy­ing Deb­bie car­ries amaz­ing sto­ries of brav­ery as well as ev­ery­day der­ring-do, and is on sale now.

The sto­ries are those of peo­ple you know and sug­gested. Im­por­tantly, when you buy a copy of De­fy­ing Deb­bie you’re help­ing those who suf­fered in the se­vere trop­i­cal cy­clone.

All the pro­ceeds of the sale will go to the of­fi­cial re­cov­ery ef­fort, and will be do­nated to the char­ity Givit, which is de­liv­er­ing goods and ser­vices to those in need in both states.

The book fol­lows Deb­bie’s trail from Bowen to Lis­more and fea­tures the sto­ries of the State Emer­gency Ser­vice, first re­spon­ders, the armed forces, vol­un­teers, and es­pe­cially ev­ery­day peo­ple who stepped up in a time of need.

In the book’s in­tro­duc­tion, News Corp re­gional net­work ed­i­tor Neil Mel­loy wrote that it was hard to de­fine what makes a hero, but the sto­ries of De­fy­ing Deb­bie serve up many coura­geous acts to the read­ers.

“No doubt we won’t have cov­ered ev­ery­one who stepped up in time of need but we hope to have told sto­ries that mat­tered and are in­dica­tive of ev­ery­one who ‘de­fied’ Deb­bie,” he wrote.

“We’d like to thank the he­roes for what they did and for tak­ing the time to retell their sto­ries.”

Deb­bie crossed the coast­line of Queens­land on March 28 but even af­ter its ini­tial ram­page which bat­tered Bowen, Mackay and the Whit­sun­days, the ex-trop­i­cal cy­clone con­tin­ued to cause havoc as it dumped mas­sive amounts of rain through south-east Queens­land and into north­ern New South Wales.

De­spite all it could throw at us we stepped up. Make sure you pick up your copy by phon­ing 1300 361 604. Pay by credit card.

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