Book will hon­our he­roes of Deb­bie

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

CY­CLONE DEB­BIE was a calamity that stretched hun­dreds of kilo­me­tres and dev­as­tated not just our com­mu­nity but com­mu­ni­ties across two states.

Now the Whit­sun­day Times is do­ing its bit for the re­cov­ery ef­fort – and we need your help.

Deb­bie’s dev­as­tat­ing winds and con­se­quent floods left nine dead and one miss­ing, cost more than $1 bil­lion and will take years to re­cover and re­pair.

But amidst the car­nage have emerged re­mark­able sto­ries of hero­ism – from the small but im­por­tant ges­tures of peo­ple run­ning sausage siz­zles to feed peo­ple dur­ing the clean-up, to the harrowing story of the drown­ing mother try­ing des­per­ately to save her chil­dren near Tweed.

Here in the Whit­sun­days we saw walls cave in, rooftops lifted from houses and liveli­hoods washed away. But we also saw in­cred­i­ble com­pas­sion and re­silience.

We are honour­ing those who showed true spirit and hero­ism with a glossy book retelling the sto­ries of those fight­ing back against ev­ery­thing Deb­bie could throw at them.

Pro­duced by the Times, the book will cover Deb­bie’s trail from Townsville to Lis­more. All profits from the sale of the book will sup­port the re­cov­ery ef­fort and it will be sold in your lo­cal newsagent next month.

To kick things off, we’re ask­ing Times read­ers to tell us what sto­ries of hero­ism they en­coun­tered dur­ing Deb­bie.

“Help us help those still in need by telling these won­der­ful sto­ries,” Times editor Sharon Small­wood said. “And then help again by buy­ing a copy of the book so we raise more funding for the re­cov­ery fight­back.”

We’ll have more in­for­ma­tion on how you can get the book in com­ing weeks. In the mean­time, email your story or pic­tures to: editor@whit­sun­day­times.com.au.

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