Com­ing to­gether to defy Deb­bie

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY -

CY­CLONE Deb­bie may have knocked us over but it didn’t knock us down. As our com­mu­nity gets on with the re­cov­ery ef­fort, now you can do your part. Our spe­cial pub­li­ca­tion, De­fy­ing Deb­bie, fea­tures the he­roes who helped over­come ad­ver­sity in March and April.

The gloss 132 page book fea­tures amaz­ing sto­ries of brav­ery as well as ev­ery day der­ring-do, and went on sale yes­ter­day. When you buy a copy of De­fy­ing Deb­bie you’re help­ing those who suf­fered in the Se­vere Trop­i­cal Cy­clone. All the pro­ceeds of the sale will be go­ing to the of­fi­cial re­cov­ery ef­fort, and will be do­nated to the char­ity Givit.org.au, which is de­liv­er­ing goods and ser­vices to those in need.

Pro­duced by the Whit­sun­day Times and News Re­gional Me­dia, with the sup­port of Sun­corp, the book fol­lows Deb­bie’s trail from Bowen to Lis­more and fea­tures the sto­ries of the State Emer­gency Ser­vice, first re­spon­ders, the armed forces and vol­un­teers. The dev­as­tat­ing winds and con­se­quent floods left 10 dead and one miss­ing and cost more than $1 bil­lion dol­lars. Deb­bie crossed the coast­line on March 28 but even af­ter its ini­tial ram­page which bat­tered Bowen, the Whit­sun­days and Mackay, the ex-trop­i­cal cy­clone con­tin­ued to cause havoc as it dumped mas­sive amounts of rain through South-East Queens­land and into North­ern New South Wales. De­spite all it could throw at us we stepped up and there have been some as­tound­ing tales of hero­ism.

“These sto­ries needed not just record­ing for pos­ter­ity but also cel­e­brat­ing,” Whit­sun­day Times ed­i­tor Sharon Smallwood said.

“Peo­ple did, and con­tinue to do ex­tra­or­di­nary things to help those rocked by Deb­bie. We’re glad to do our bit and help in the on­go­ing re­cov­ery ef­fort.”

Sun­corp CEO In­surance, An­thony Day, said: “In times of dis­as­ter a vast le­gion of peo­ple work tire­lessly and bravely to help their com­mu­ni­ties.”

“Sun­corp would like to thank the emer­gency ser­vices, the De­fence Forces, the vol­un­teers and those ev­ery­day he­roes who are there for those in need.”

Pick up your copy for $7.50 at newsagen­cies or by call­ing 1300 361 604 to or­der di­rect, which is avail­able be­tween 8am and 5pm Mon­day to Fri­day.

A $4 postage fee ap­plies for phone or­ders.

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