Dis­as­ter dumps on pets, too

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FLOOD CRISIS - SAM SMALL­BONE SAM SMALL­BONE

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.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Over­whelmed by sup­port: My­lene Hei­dke, Jade Wil­liams and Jenni Wright-Robert­son

Help­ing out the pets: Kather­ine Ward­haugh and El­lie from the Wildlife Habi­tat

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