Dou­glas res­i­dents dig deep for flood vic­tims

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FLOOD CRISIS -

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

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