Locals dig deep for flood victims
AS Queensland’s worst-ever flood crisis deepens by the hour, local residents and businesses are rallying to the cause of devastated flood victims.
Locals are uniting through a common desire to do whatever they can to help flood-sticken Queenslanders make it through the crisis.
Whether it is retail heavyweights such as Coles, Woolworths and IGA collecting checkout donations or random acts of kindness by individuals, an outpouring of heartfelt support is being mobilised by the Douglas community.
Port Douglas Village has donated $25,000 and tomorrow Port Douglas Radio will host a community day and sausage sizzle to raise money for the appeal.
Port Village owner Stan Mogg urged members of the community to get involved.
“It is important for everyone to provide support to those in need and we wish to support the efforts of the Port Douglas community in providing assistance to our fellow Queenslanders,” he said.
More than $5000 has been donated by the Mossman Bowls Club to the Premier’s Flood Appeal.
Club manager Kevin Rynne was overwhelmed by the donations and determined to raise more.
“It is a good effort from the club, these efforts have come from out members and the community and it’s something we are very happy to do,” he said.
“This community knows what raise is like and how destructive it can be... and now even though times are a little tough here, too, we want to help.”
Tomorrow has been declared FFFF (Flood Fundraising Friday Fourteenth)-a special day during which every purchase made at the club will directly benefit flood victims, including $5 from every main meal, $1 from every drink and barefoot bowls running all day by gold coin donation.
Friday night will be a buffet meal with a children’s movies showing in the function room.
Dozens of bed sheets, pillow cases, towels and nappies have been dispatched by the Mossman and Port Douglas Rotary Club to help victims.
Coordinator John Anich said locals had donated all types of linen as part of a collective effort by all Rotary Clubs in North Queensland which had resulted in about 40 pallets being sent to Rockhampton and Emerald.
The collection of linen donations had now been “paused” due to there being limited dry storage space available in flood-stricken communities, according to Rotary Club past president Susan Rae.
“At this stage, we are asking people to make money donations until we can confirm that the linen can be transported to the areas and unpacked for these people,” she said.
Patrons of the Port Douglas Yacht Club also will get their chance to dig deep when fundraising concert “Floodstock” gets under on Sunday, January 23, featuring variety of bands including The Tonic, The Walker Bros, Distractions, The Antipodylans, Los Caracoles, Stu Forbes, The Gusman, Kim Hurley and The Ukenator.
The event kicks off at 2pm with the $10 minimum entry fee and all other proceeds going to the Premier’s Flood Relief Fund. Great raffle prizes will be up for grabs from Bistro 3, Sea Temple, Quicksilver, Poseidon and Sailaway.
Meanwhile, the devastating scenes unfolding from the flood crisis has prompted organiser Wendy Porter and more than 100 people to join a community walk down Four Mile Beach on January 22.
A short walk from Port Douglas Surf Lifesaving Club flags at 9am will be followed by an auction run by Raine and Horne with donations of all sizes on offer.
Items already donated include vouchers from Gardening Port Douglas, Possum Beauty, Port Douglas Watersports (along with one day’s profit), Online life coach session, Action Fitness, Plantation Resort meals, Spa By The Sea, Quicksilver as well as a Lynda Hart Miller painting and Mylo Heidke picture on canvas.
Donations will also be collected by the Port Douglas Neighbourhood Centre at a sausage sizzle next Tuesday at 2pm with bread and meat donated by Mossman Butchery Company, Sugarland Meats and Port’s Pantry.
“It is really important for everyone to pull together and support the victims of the floods,” organiser Tanya Morris said.
Cayman Villas and Meridien Port Douglas manager John Haymes said “sobering text messages” from a friend whose Indooroopilly home was expected to be inundated today by the swollen Brisbane River had prompted him to consider what else could be done to assist.
As a result, he had been “overwhelmed” by the unanimous response of owners to a suggestion of giving furniture which had recently been replaced in a significant renovation of the properties, including up to 60 beds, lounge suits and occasional furniture.
“These are owners and investors who themselves have experienced great uncertainty as a result of management being in receivership and poor yields,” Mr Haymes said. “They have pushed that aside and agreed all items should be donated to the flood victims rather than sold.”
Devastation: the first of the houses to go under in Brisbane yesterday