Flooded with lo­cal sup­port

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FLOOD CRISIS: SPECIAL REPORT - SAM SMALL­BONE

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.

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