Coming together to defy Debbie
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.