Community support local couple
FOR most of us, asking for help doesn't come easy, but sometimes letting someone help you can be just as enriching as giving.
When the Queensland Times met April and Albert Jessen at their West Ipswich home 11 days ago, they were at their wits' end.
April, 64, and Albert, 68, had moved into the home in Darling Street West on Christmas Eve after leaving Melbourne.
They were told the house wouldn't flood, but it went almost right under and they had to flee to the evacuation centre at the Ipswich Showgrounds.
That's where their luck changed.
East Ipswich couple Sue Smith and Jerome Baskins went to the evacuation centre and asked if there was anything they could do.
“We heard about April and Albert and we offered to help them clean out the place with the help of the SES,” Ms Smith said.
She also did everything from finding a place for them to stay to getting the phone connected.
“If it wasn't for Sue we would still be in the evacuation centre,” Mrs Jessen said. “She put pressure on the insurance company to get them to pay rent for alternative accommodation.”
“We're friends now,” Mr Jessen added.
The Jessens' plight also touched a Gold Coast woman who heard about the Queensland Times Adopt a Flood Family Appeal.
Appeal coordinator Bernadette Mohr said the woman wanted to do whatever she could to help Mr and Mrs Jessen.
Ms Mohr said people were phoning her at the QT office with many and varying offers to help Ipswich flood families.
“Now that I have these registrations, I need family or friends of flood families to phone in and register for any assistance the flood families need,” she said.