Douglas residents dig deep for flood victims
AS THOUSANDS of flood-stricken victims clean the mud from their streets, homes and faces, thousands of dollars has been raised by locals in the Douglas region.
In addition to the $25,000 already donated by Port Village Shopping Centre last week, an extra $1100 was collected by Port Douglas Radio at the community sausage sizzle outside Coles last Friday.
The Mossman Memorial Bowls Club FFFF (Flood Fundraising Friday Fourteenth) event raised a grand total of $10,069 which included a $1000 cheque from the Douglas Shire Seniors, over $400 from the club staff and almost $2000 from raffles and personal donations.
Club manager Kevin Rynne thanked everyone who made an effort to be involved in the relief effort.
“I am so very proud of this community for the way they have supported the appeal. This amount of donation from our small community is a great effort especially in times when business is not exactly wonderful,” he said.
More than $600 dollars was raised by the Port Douglas Community Flood Appeal team who walked around the Sunday markets with buckets asking for gold coin donations.
The Port Douglas Neighbourhood centre raised $290 on Tuesday at their community sausage sizzle supported by Mossman Butchering Co, Port Douglas Pantry and Sugarland Meats.
Rae Page and Georgia Duncan, both 12, started collecting money for the appeal by setting up a bake sale stall across from the Craiglie service station on Monday.
“We just wanted to help people in the flood so they can repair their homes,” Rae said.
Cairns Regional Council is calling for the community to help people with a disability affected by the floods by collecting mobility equipment including wheelchairs, walkers, crutches and shower chairs.
Spokeswoman Sonja Anderson said council started collating a database on Tuesday with 15 donors listed so far.
“People in all regions can contact me on 4044 3352 and we will log the equipment on our database and when the item is required we will call the donor and arrange the pickup and drop-off,” she said.
Helping out: Rae Page and Georgia Duncan had a bake sale to raise money