Vol­un­teers chip in to help those in need

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: JA­COB WIL­SON

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.

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