This afternoon I am sitting out side and writing todays entry by hand while I watch the kids ride their bikes and laugh in the setting sun. I know there are plenty in this state who have nothing left, nothing to save, nothing at all and yet they have hope. We live in the lucky country – so they say. I think the lucky part is that even in peoples darkest hours Australians rally together and unite as one to help those less fortunate than them selves.
Each news report has a fund to donate to, each ad break has other fund to donate to – you often wonder if the funds you donate actually reach those in need.
I have decided at the moment to support and do the following
The first is http://hannahsfoundationappeals.org.au/
This foundation is set up to help the areas of Emerald, Rockhampton, Maryborough, Gympie, Dirranbandi, Condamine, Chinchilla, St George, Alpha and all the little towns who were affected by the Christmas 2010 floods.
No matter how big or small the donations of supplies will truly help the students and teachers of this area. With such devastation, education costs and fees wont be high on the list of priorities to gain normality for some of these families who have loast all – so every bit will help them.
The second thing I am going to do is
Declutter all of our clothes and put together a large bag to be donated and sent to the crisis in Brisbane.
This evening I did see Anna Bligh talking about the over whelming supplies that people have been donating and how for some people they have nothing but the clothes on their backs. Doing some thing like this does not cost at all directly and every one has the ablilty to give a little. Time to sort out a pile and find some where in your region that is collecting to have them passed on.
In Cairns – McLeod Office Furniture will be putting together supplies to be sent south in the next few weeks. They will advise of this via Cairns Post, radio and tv adverts.
But most Officeworks stores or Salvation Army stores are also sending to Brisbane – so check with your local stores. Donates can also be made at any branch of the Commonwealth Bank, NAB, Westpac, ANZ, Bank of Queensland, Suncorp or Coles supermarkets
I could not image how these families are feeling or coping and have had tears rolling down my face in some moments while watching events unfold. As the poem goes – with draughts and flooding rains, support your sunburnt country and a mate in need. I would love to hear others peoples ideas on how they will help.