Winfield community gets boost from Lions

HELPING HAND: More than 120 people turned out for a special BBQ at Winfield as the Moore Park Lions Club handed out vouchers to flood-affected residents. Photo Contributed
HELPING HAND: More than 120 people turned out for a special BBQ at Winfield as the Moore Park Lions Club handed out vouchers to flood-affected residents. Photo Contributed Contributed

THE tiny flood-affected community of Winfield was given a much appreciated boost from the Moore Park Lions Club which donated $20,000 in vouchers to those still struggling to get back on their feet.

Located about 65km north of Bundaberg, more than two-thirds of the 80 homes in the region were inundated by January's floods.

Moore Park Lions vice-president Rod Layt said the club was able to assist about 60 people with more than $400 each in vouchers to spend at local businesses.

"IGA Cornetts North Bundaberg, Coopers Home Hardware, Midtown Marinas and Norco were part of the project," he said.

"It's a double whammy helping not only those residents most in need but also the local businesses."

Mr Layt said Lowmead State School was given more than $700 to spend at Sports Power.

"The school lost every single piece of sporting equipment," he said.

Mr Layt said the vouchers were presented at a barbecue in Winfield on Saturday which 120 people attended.

"Everyone was so grateful that they hadn't been forgotten," Mr Layt said.

Winfield local Lorraine Heyes assisted in identifying the residents who were in the most need.

"Following the Australia Day flood, Winfield was without power for three weeks and telephone for two weeks," Ms Heyes said.

"Our community banded together and we survived by establishing a control centre at our house where updates were provided every day.

"A shop was also set up under our carport to distribute the supplies we received via Black Hawk helicopter and other very generous bodies."

Topics:  floods 2013

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