Neg­a­tiv­ity not help­ing morale

Townsville Bulletin - - Voice Of The North -

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,



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