Long road for PCYC

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

AF­TER be­ing shaken to its core dur­ing Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Debbie, the Whit­sun­day PCYC is work­ing hard be­hind the scenes to get back up and run­ning – but they’ve still got a long way to go.

A re­cent do­na­tion of $1000 from tips taken by the Reef Gate­way Ho­tel cour­tesy bus has gone some way to­wards help­ing the com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity but it’s highly un­likely the cen­tre will re-open this year.

PCYC man­ager Sergeant John Dickinson has been on the ground since the cy­clone hit and said they were do­ing ev­ery­thing they could to get things back to nor­mal.

“(But) it’s dif­fi­cult times for ev­ery­one and there’s quite a fair bit of dam­age to the PCYC,” he said.

“We’re try­ing to main­tain our ser­vice to the com­mu­nity but some of the stuff we (usu­ally) offer we (now) can’t be­cause of dif­fer­ent as­pects.

“Those we can main­tain we are main­tain­ing (but) a lot of equip­ment we had was dam­aged or is un­us­able and we had to throw it away.

“(To the com­mu­nity we ask) just work with us. We’re do­ing what we can un­der the cir­cum­stances.”

Some cen­tre ac­tiv­i­ties like gym­nas­tics, kindy gym and over 50s ac­tiv­i­ties are be­ing held at Ki­para Hall while bas­ket­ball is be­ing held at Can­non­vale State School.

Most other ac­tiv­i­ties have been un­able to re­turn be­cause there is sim­ply nowhere else in the com­mu­nity for them to be held.

As for the time­line of when the PCYC would re-open, Sgt Dickinson said with in­ter­nal dam­age, they were still un­sure but cur­rent es­ti­mates sug­gested it would be be­tween seven and nine months.

It’s this level of dam­age that ul­ti­mately led the Reef Gate­way Ho­tel to want to do­nate $1000 to the cen­tre.

“I think it’s a good lo­cal com­mu­nity ser­vice and they’ve gone through a pretty tough time,” Reef Gate­way Ho­tel mar­ket­ing man­ager Mark Wilkins said.

“We went down and had a look our­selves. I was un­aware and I think a lot of peo­ple in the com­mu­nity are prob­a­bly un­aware of the ex­tent of dam­age it has.”

Sgt Dickinson said the do­na­tion would def­i­nitely help as the PCYC’s fund­ing was self-gen­er­ated.

Choos­ing a dif­fer­ent lo­cal com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tion for each $1000 do­na­tion, Mr Wilkins said Vol­un­teer Whit­sun­days would be the next ben­e­fi­ciary of the bus tips.

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