Do­na­tion cen­tre gives

High de­mand for fur­ni­ture at Reef Plaza Give Cen­tre

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

THE Heath fam­ily lost al­most ev­ery­thing when Cy­clone Deb­bie hit the coast just over three weeks ago.

Their Gregory River res­i­dence sus­tained se­vere dam­age due to cy­clonic winds and flood­ing.

This is why the open­ing of the Ro­tary Give Cen­tre on Paluma Road from 10am on Easter Satur­day was a god-send.

Robyn Heath said be­cause of the hard work of vol­un­teers and donors, his fam­ily would be one step closer to get­ting back on their feet.

“We pretty much lost the house, we had no in­sur­ance for stuff in­side the house and a few peo­ple have helped us out with ev­ery­thing from the kitchen and food parcels,” he said.

“We got all of our daugh­ter’s clothes re­placed and my son lost all his toys so keep­ing him amused has been a big help.

“A bed and a cup­board would be an enor­mous help as well.”

The Give Cen­tre has a range of essen­tial items in­clud­ing food, clothes, toys, wash­ing prod­ucts, wa­ter, linen, baby needs, shoes, gas can­nis­ters, crock­ery, books and more.

Ro­tary club mem­ber Fred Dixon said they recog­nised a need in the com­mu­nity for more bed­ding equip­ment.

“The great­est short­age we have is fur­ni­ture be­cause there are so many peo­ple who want a bed and mattresses that were wa­ter dam­aged and full of mould so we need beds and frames be­cause a lot of them are busted,” he said.

“We are tak­ing peo­ples names and see­ing what we can do for peo­ple as far as white goods and beds seem to be.”

Truck­loads of do­na­tions were sourced from a range of or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing the Whit­sun­day Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre, Vol­un­teer Whit­sun­days and groups and in­di­vid­u­als out­side of the Whit­sun­day re­gion.

Ro­tary mem­ber Merewyn Wright said the idea of a cen­tralised pick up spot was con­ve­nient for ev­ery­one.

“I think this is a big­ger space and means the Whit­sun­day Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre can get on with their nor­mal role,” she said.

“Its an easy cen­tral point for peo­ple to come through.”

Do­na­tions are wel­come from all groups and in­di­vid­u­als.

Whit­sun­day res­i­dents in need of sup­port can visit the Give Cen­tre lo­cated at Reef Plaza on Can­non­vale Paluma Rd which is ex­pected to be open for the next 2-3 weeks.

PHOTO: JA­COB WIL­SON

SUP­PORT: Zoe, Steven and Robyn Heath with Ro­tary mem­ber Fred Dixon and Peita Rollings at the Ro­tary Give Cen­tre on Paluma Road in Can­non­vale.

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