Local residents open hearts to help in crisis

THE support and generosity of the Gladstone community has astounded members of Gladstone's Midday Rotary Club.

Rotary Club of Gladstone Midday put out a call at 8pm on Sunday to see what they could do to help relief efforts for our neighbours in central Queensland affected by Cyclone Marcia.

By 9am yesterday, the boardroom of broadcaster 4CC was full of donations that continue to flow in.

A convoy of four-wheel drives laden with essential supplies drove out to remote properties between Mt Larcom and Bajool yesterday.

Club president Jo Moorfoot, who also works at 4CC, praised the Gladstone community, describing its continued generosity and support as "amazing".

"The community wants to help and I think they felt 'what difference can one person make?" she said.

"But when someone co-ordinates an effort they're more than willing to contribute."

It's estimated more than 50 people have already dropped off donations, which will continue to be accepted until tomorrow night.

Rotary Midday member Cindi Bush was on the road at Raglan yesterday.

She had begun co-ordinating relief efforts on Sunday night.

She had been contacted by people requiring assistance in some outlying areas, while other properties would be checked along the way.

"There was no second questioning, they all wanted to do it," she said of her fellow rotary members.

"We put out a basic list of things, but some people pre-empted and brought in some fantastic stuff that will be well utilised.

"One guy went to Bunnings and bought heavy duty cleaning rags and gloves."

Today the crew has joined efforts with the disaster management committee in Biloela and its Rotary club to take supplies and help with the clean-up.

The 4CC office will be taking donations until close of business Wednesday, at the rear of 65 Central Lane. The driveway is off William St. For more details call 0488 276 261.


What people were asked to donate:

  • Tinned food
  • Bottled water
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Batteries
  • Torches
  • Thick garbage bags
  • Matches
  • Candles
  • Toilet paper

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