Lamington flood fundraiser held
AN Aussie ex-pat who now calls Britain home has baked up a storm to help Ipswich residents recover from the floods.
Alma Longman, of Kent in the south-east corner of England, was so moved by images of the disaster beamed overseas that she held a good old-fashioned lamington drive to raise money.
Although born in Brisbane, Mrs Longman has a close connection to Ipswich through her sister Margaret Hertweck, who lives in the city and insisted the money raised should go to the Ipswich Flood Appeal.
“We were all moved by the images we saw on TV and on the internet, and the strength and courage that the Queenslanders showed in dealing with the situation,” Mrs Longman said.
“In a small way, I felt more Australian than I had done since I came to Britain in 1972.”
There was a strong turnout of Kent locals at the morning tea, which was held the week after the floods hit Ipswich and Brisbane.
Mrs Longman's efforts, combined with the generosity of her guests, raised a total of $1500.
“I wanted to do something to help and give something back to my homeland,” she said.
“I remember scout lamington drives from my childhood and thought this would be a great fundraiser, and friends and friends of friends were amazingly generous in their giving.”
Thanks to the kindness of people like Mrs Longman, the Ipswich Flood Appeal has shot skyward to be at $204,645 as of yesterday.
While there have been some substantial corporate donations, the hard-working people of Ipswich and the rest of Queensland have been keeping the total ticking over with some much-needed pledges.
The money will be used to assist Ipswich people and organisations with the flood recovery.
For more information on how to donate to the fund, visit the Ipswich City Council website on www.ipswich.qld.gov.au or phone council on 3810 6666.