Volunteers chip in to help those in need
LES Heath has been amazed by the community spirit on show in the Whitsundays.
Mr Heath travelled to Airlie Beach from Townsville last week to volunteer his time to help the community with the recovery effort in the aftermath of Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
“I haven’t seen one negative down here in the week I’ve been here and everyone should be proud of themselves and give them a pat on the back,” he said.
“The whole community spirit has been fantastic, it has restored my faith in human nature.”
A Volunteer Whitsundays group was established quickly in the cyclone’s aftermath by locals wanting to help others.
One of their tasks this week has been unloading essential items trucked from Mt Isa.
An extensive range of items including baby cots, bedding, water, food, batteries and more was brought to the Volunteer Whitsundays Shed on Shute Harbour Road Cannonvale, across from St Vinnies.
Volunteer Tracey Lord said it was important for people in hardship to get a hand “who genuinely need stuff”.
Volunteer Whitsundays currently has 900 people either volunteering or in need of help following Cyclone Debbie’s impact.
To express interest, join the Volunteers Whitsunday page on Facebook and send a message, or contact Tracey Lord on 0400181248.
The group has expressed gratitude for support received from a number of businesses including Telstra Whitsunday, Whitsunday Transit, Dollars & Sense, Big W, Bowen Puma and the Mt Isa ADG Corporation for transporting community relief packs.
HELPING HAND: Volunteer Whitsundays members Carol Alback, Heather Batrick, Chris Pannan, Tracey Lord and Andrew Sloane giving away supplies outside their shed on Shute Harbour Road.