City sends aid by the truckload
By NATALIE PEUTnataliep@gladstoneobserver.com.au
GLADSTONE residents care a truckload for the plight of the victims of the Asian tsunami.
In less than a week enough clothes, blankets and other essential items have been donated to fill a semi-trailer.
The response to the Material Aid campaign has been such that freight carrier NQX volunteered their services to get the goods to Brisbane.
Leanne Buchholz and husband Jason initially intended to transport the donations to Brisbane in their car and trailer.
"The response we received was incredible, and it really makes me feel proud to be part of the Gladstone community when you see how much they do to help out a good cause,'' she said.
"Gladstone has been fantastic and everyone deserves a pat on the back because this certainly will make a difference to the lives of the survivors in Asia.''
Mrs Buchholz said one family had donated extra items including their tent after deciding that their leisure activities were less important than other's survival.
The Boxing Day tsunami has now claimed more than 153,000 victims throughout southern and eastern Asia with Sri Lanka and the Indonesian island of Sumatra hardest hit.