Heartfelt HABA support
the HABA team is determined to get back to business AS THE news spread at the tragedy of losing the HABA vessel it is heartening to know that real people rally to comfort those directly affected by the loss.
To the HABA crew, sales, operations and admin team who met at 5.30am on the morning of the disaster to organise the transfer of HABA passengers and maintain a professional approach to our passengers despite the tragedy, your company presence and professionalism was truly impressive.
To the HABA crew and staff, past and present that arrived with arms wide open to offer their time and to sincerely assist in any way they could I say a huge thank you.
To those friends and colleagues in the industry who gave their condolences and their shoulder should we need it in the days and weeks ahead thank you.
Thanks also to associates at Tourism Queensland,TTNQ, and Tourism Livingston Marketing who were on the phone throughout Sunday and Monday voicing their disbelief and support.
To the extended HABA family past and present who turned up to assist in the organisation of the “garage shed sale” driving the barbecue and providing the gazebo’s to shelter us from the rain - you know who you are - thank you.
To those of you in the community who have had the integrity to ignore the petty gossip I also say thank you.
You are indeed a special lot.
Friend or competitor, everyone in the industry will acknowledge begrudgingly or openly that Bruce has generously supported the Douglas community through events, raffles and fundraising and his attitude toward helping anyone in need.
There would be a fair number of us who have snorkeled at the reef compliments of a raffle or fundraising prize that Bruce has donated.
If your child attends Port Douglas State School then it is thanks to Bruce who provides the HABA bus for transfers to and from excursions and sporting events at no cost and without seeking accolade.
HABA is temporarily down but definitely not out.
Measures are in place to minimise the outgoings.
There are interesting times ahead and as you say a silent prayer of thanks that it did not happen to you, you may like to take a moment to think about Bruce and his HABA crew who are now without work as we approach the quietest time of the year.
Real people and real families are affected by this disaster.
Port Douglas is constantly proving to be a community that cares.
Without people in our community like Bruce Funch it just would not be the same.
Down but not out: