Cen­tre keeps on work­ing for com­mu­nity

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

IN THE af­ter­math of Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Deb­bie, the Whit­sun­day Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre went to great lengths to make life eas­ier for those do­ing it tough.

Three weeks af­ter Deb­bie struck, more than 14 truck­loads of do­nated goods have been distributed through­out the re­gion, in­clud­ing to iso­lated ar­eas such as Dingo Beach, Wil­sons Beach and Midge Point.

Whit­sun­day Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre CEO Re­becca Woods said the open­ing of the Give Cen­tre at Reef Plaza in Can­non­vale had eased some pres­sure.

“Up un­til this week­end we were work­ing every day, whether we had power or not,” she said.

“All over the week­end we were col­lect­ing do­na­tions and get­ting them out. My fam­ily and I were col­lect­ing these do­na­tions at 7.30pm and un­load­ing pal­lets of wa­ter by hand be­cause we don’t have fa­cil­i­ties for a fork­lift.”

Ms Woods said there was now a fo­cus on the need for coun­selling sup­port.

“Ev­ery­one is com­ing down off the adrenalin rush from the last cou­ple of weeks to gain that nor­malcy back and it’s just not hap­pen­ing,” she said.

“That nor­malcy we are all crav­ing is go­ing to be months away.”

TEAM EF­FORT: Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre work­ers (from left) Re­becca Woods, Kerri Brown, Nikki Twohill and Joshua Ho­gan.

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