Gold Coast resident Aleaysha Burney in Goodna.
Gold Coast resident Aleaysha Burney in Goodna. Sarah Harvey

Flood appeal nudges $100k mark

THE Ipswich Flood Appeal is swelling, with more donations big and small coming in and pledges for much more to help Ipswich people.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said yesterday the cash component of the appeal was nudging $100,000 with pledges coming thick and fast.

Cr Pisasale said the Amex Corporation, which had already pledged $50,000, called yesterday to add a further $20,000.

“We've just had Bishopp Signs donate a sign to put up in town to tell people about the appeal,” Cr Pisasale said.

“No matter how big or small the donation is, it all helps.”

He said that rather than hand out cash to people, the appeal would operate by converting donations to vouchers for goods and services.

“The vouchers will be for shops and stores in Ipswich so what has been lost in Ipswich will be replaced in Ipswich,” he said.

“Ipswich needs your help and the city needs your support.”

Cr Pisasale said details of the flood appeal criteria would be released closer to when it started to help those in need.

To donate to the fund by electronic funds transfer: BSB 633-000, Account 128672318, Account name: Ipswich Mayors Community Fund.

People can donate at the council's Customer Service Centre at 143 Brisbane Street, at any Bendigo Bank branch or by post to Ipswich City Council, PO Box 191 Ipswich. Cheques should be made to the Mayor's Community Fund.

The Queensland Times also has its Adopt a Flood Family Appeal that is helping by matching needy families with helpful people.

Call Bernadette Mohr on 3817 1719.

You can help in many ways:

Flood victims need both financial and emotional help.

Donations of fridges and washing machines are needed.

Demand is also high for clothing and kids' toys.

Tradesmen and building materials will help rebuild homes.



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