Negativity not helping morale
HELPING OUT: The volunteers in Cardwell have been warmly welcomed by the majority of people PLEASE no more.
I am a resident in the cyclone devastated area. My husband, three children and myself cleaned our yard.
We chopped and carried and hosed and scrubbed and pressure cleaned and worked for days.
We scrubbed and cleaned the inside of our house for more days and continue to find leaves and mud in places we didn’t realise it had gotten.
As we worked on our own home we helped neighbours and friends and others in our town however we could.
Luckily for us we did not need assistance from outside groups, volunteer or otherwise. Luckily we have the resources to hire tradesmen and local contractors to do repairs for us.
Luckily we were insured and although we are still awaiting assessment we know it will come and have the resources to get us through this waiting period.
We are active members of our community, three members of our household are working and my children attend local schools. I regularly volunteer within our town and surrounding communities.
We have not abused volunteers, council workers, Ergon, Telstra or others who have come to our town to help us, we are extremely grateful for their efforts.
I personally do not know any person in my town who has abused any of t he above.
I do not doubt that this has happened but can we please stop focusing on this.
It disadvantages the people in a terrible situation who are not as lucky as me and still need assistance.
The continued attention by the media and government authorities to the minority taints the good character of our whole town.
It is demoralising for those who continue to work and spontaneously volunteer in our community.
I realise it makes good headlines but please no more.
The damage it is doing to our community may well become irreparable. K CONWAY,