Flooded with local support
THREE local women held a community meeting at the Court House Hotel yesterday to inform locals how they can help those affected by the floods.
Jenni Wright-Robertson, Milo Heidke and Jade Williams organised the meeting through “word of mouth” and Facebook to gather ideas for a community fundraising event.
Approximately 30 people attended the meeting offering donations, fundraiser ideas and time for volunteer work.
The trio developed a Facebook page called the “PortDouglas Communityfloodappeal” to provide locals with information on how they can donate money to the Premier’s Flood Appeal and where they can store donations.
“At the moment people in flooded areas are unable to store donations and most of the roads are blocked so we are looking at ways we can collect linen, towels and toys to store them for a month and transport them down later when families try to rebuild their lives,” Ms Heidke said.
To combat the issue, they booked a storage space at Craiglie for towels, linen, toys and any other donations.
“People will be able to make donations on Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays between 10am and 1pm,” Ms Wright-Robertson said.
Coles have offered to provide one of their trucks to transport donations once the roads open. If you would like to make a donation or have any ideas for a fundraiser call Jenni on 0416 946 649, become a friend to their Facebook page or email them on PDcommunityfloodappeal@live.com.au.