Heart­felt HABA sup­port

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

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:

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