Disaster dumps on pets, too
THE DOUGLAS trio who started the Port Douglas Community Flood Appeal last week are collecting more donations than they can carry.
Jenni Wright-Robertson, Mylo Heidke and Jade Williams developed a Facebook page called the “Port Douglas Community Flood Appeal” which posts updates online about local charities in the region to help the flood crisis.
“Word of mouth” soon became a social networking frenzy where locals of the community started to discuss, post events and respond to the efforts of charities around town.
“As a community we have always helped those in need, the victims of the horrific flooding in Queensland are no exception. Our site is designed to be an information link to those willing to volunteer their time or to help out at THE RSPCA is urging people to remember disasters affect animals too.
The Port Douglas Wildlife Habitat is collecting animal food and supplies to be donated to the RSPCA to assist injured or homeless pets affected by the Queensland Floods.
Animal shelters in Brisbane, Toowoomba and Rockhampton have been flooded including the RSPCA shelters in Fairfield, Dakabin, Kingaroy and Gympie and they need your help.
Wildlife Habitat general manager Garry Sullivan is inviting the community upcoming events,” Ms Wright Robertson said.
Ms Wright Robertson’s phone was ringing off the hook last week with generous individuals wanting to donate old goods and some brand new clothing bought from target.
The three opened the storage shed at Craiglie last Saturday and were overwhelmed by the number of donations made including dozens of boxes, baby cots, toys, pet supplies, clothing, linen, baby wipes and nappies.
“We are just so overwhelmed by the amount of donations we have collected in the three days, it is just incredible,” Mrs Wright-Robertson said.
“One lady who was using the storage shed next to us asked what we were doing and once we told her she donated a fridge, a washing machine and a beautiful baby cot.
“Each day we get approximately 30 to collect pet food, animal toys, animal beds and cleaning products to be sent to Brisbane, Rockhampton and Toowoomba.
“We are hoping to collect at least three pallet loads to be sent down south to the RSPCA in these cities,” he said.
“There are a lot of people hurting out there and a lot of them have close ties to their pets so we would like to donate as much as we can to help them.
“I would hate to think how many animals have been affected or killed by the floods. We are a wildlife organisation so we will be doing as much as we can to help these animals.”
The collection started last week in conjunction with IGA and Coles.
The Wildlife Habitat has also organised an Australia Day event which will assist with the Premier’s Flood Appeal.
“One dollar from every entry fee will be donated the flood appeal and there will be interaction with animals between 11am and 2pm with delicious gourmet burgers, prawns, snags and salads,” Mr Sullivan said.
“Great Australian music will be played throughout the day and the rangers will bring animals around for people to see and touch.” donors offering more and more boxes. We have had to start stacking boxes to make sure they fit in the room.”
After a successful week down at the shed the trio decided to hit the Sunday markets with a couple of empty buckets and raised more than $600.
The Craiglie storage shed will remain open this week on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday during 10am and 1pm and the Port Douglas Community Flood Appeal team will be at the entrance of the markets again Sunday morning.
To raise money during the Australia Day celebrations they are asking for local businesses to donate gifts for their ’wheel barrow raffle’ which they plan to push around town on Wednesday January 26.
If you would like to make a donation for the raffle call Jenni on 0416 946 649, become a friend to their Facebook page or email them on PDcommunityfloodappeal@live.com.au.
Overwhelmed by support: Mylene Heidke, Jade Williams and Jenni Wright-Robertson
Helping out the pets: Katherine Wardhaugh and Ellie from the Wildlife Habitat