Lo­cal cham­pi­ons at ‘heart’ of re­cov­ery

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Louise Shan­non

A COM­MIT­TED com­bi­na­tion of ef­forts by the Vol­un­teer Whitsundays group and a Go­FundMe fundrais­ing site has helped those re­cov­er­ing from Cy­clone Deb­bie, with a to­tal of $24,627 raised.

The Go­FundMe page was cre­ated by Air­lie Beach woman Tracey Lord, who said gen­er­ous dona­tions had been made from through­out Aus­tralia and the money would now be di­vided be­tween the Whit­sun­day Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre ($4000), Eco Barge Clean Seas ($4000), Whit­sun­day Tur­tle Res­cue Cen­tre ($2000), Fauna Res­cue Whitsundays As­so­ci­a­tion Inc ($2000), PCYC Wild Ones Pro­gram ($4000), Whit­sun­day Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion Net­work ($4000), and 20 vouch­ers for coun­selling at Whit­sun­day Pro­fes­sional Coun­selling ($1200).

A free event for chil­dren and fam­i­lies hosted by Cos­mos Burg­ers and the Reef Gate­way Ho­tel would also be funded with $3627 and held later in the year.

Ini­tially, Ms Lord said vol­un­teers had asked for dona­tions to buy gum­boots and gloves to help with the clean-up – or they pur­chased ne­ces­si­ties with their own money – but they quickly re­alised the large scale of work to be done and be­gan the Go­FundMe page, which at­tracted wide­spread at­ten­tion.

Vol­un­teer Whitsundays co-or­di­na­tor Jo Sweeney said it was heart­warm­ing to do­nate money to these won­der­ful or­gan­i­sa­tions that were con­tin­u­ing to help the com­mu­nity and en­vi­ron­ment.

“We re­ally do have so many pas­sion­ate lo­cal cham­pi­ons,” she said.

For a break­down of how each char­ity will spend their funds, visit www.whit­sun­day­times.com.au.

PHOTO: PETER CARRUTHERS

COM­MU­NITY SPIRIT: A to­tal of $24,627 has been raised to­wards the re­cov­ery from Cy­clone Deb­bie.

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