Gift to the Whitsundays
Give Centre united the community
LOOKING back, Rotary Club member Nancy Tabell said if it wasn’t for her time volunteering at the Give Centre in Airlie Beach, she wouldn’t be in the same position.
Ms Tabell lost much of her livelihood following Cyclone Debbie’s wrath but said “community camaraderie” kept her going.
“I lost everything but I found I needed to do this because it helped me get through it. I wouldn’t be where I am today if I had not come in here to work,” she said.
“The camaraderie in this area has been quite astounding. I think (Cyclone Debbie) has united the whole community.”
Airlie Beach Rotary Club president David Paddon said Ms Tabell’s experience was what the Rotary club was all about.
The Give Centre was established as a central drop off zone for organisations and charities to donate items to support those struggling in the aftermath of Cyclone debbie.
Mr Paddon said it was heartwarming to know people’s lives were changing for the better thanks to their work.
“I had a guy come in (last Thursday), he is a pensioner and lost everything under his house (including) his fridge, washing machine and all appliances,” he said.
“He said when he asked me for help to get a fridge and a washing machine he didn’t expect to get a new one and he broke into tears.”
The Give Centre, which was at Reef Plaza, closed last Friday after its launch on April 15.
Local and out of town charity groups and businesses including Volunteer Whitsundays, Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre, St Vinnies, Red Cross, Orange Sky Laundry, Team Rubicon, Better Body Cafe, JJ Richards, Whitsunday Party Hire, GIVIT and others were praised for their various means of support.
WORKING TOGETHER: Friends of Rotary members Karyn Davey, Samantha Burgess, Nell Johnson, Nancy Tabell and Rotary administrator Dalwyn McErlane at the Give Centre on Reef Plaza, which has come to an end.