RT Edwards manager Brad White and RBS Morgans manager Tony Russell with some of the gift vouchers to be given to flood-affected families.
RT Edwards manager Brad White and RBS Morgans manager Tony Russell with some of the gift vouchers to be given to flood-affected families. Sarah Harvey

Business powering recovery

WITH many families still doing it tough after January’s catastrophic floods, Ipswich businesses have reached out with donations to help them get back on their feet.

Stockboker RBS Morgans has donated $10,000 worth of gift vouchers, which can be used at Ipswich electrical outlet RT Edwards.

RBS Morgans Ipswich manager Tony Russell said the donation equated to 33 vouchers, ranging in value from about $200 to $400.

The vouchers will be distributed through the Fernvale School, with staff holding personal knowledge of which families are most in need of assistance.

Mr Russell said the funds came out of the RBS Morgans Foundation, which had earlier donated $20,000 to the Ipswich Flood Appeal. “We have been doing business for 13 years in Ipswich and the surrounding communities,” Mr Russell said.

“They have supported my business.

“This is a way of giving back to the region, particularly in these times of serious hardship for many people.

“Anyway we can help is worthwhile.”

Queensland Times Adopt a Flood Family Appeal co-ordinator Bernadette Mohr encouraged anyone doing it tough as a result of the floods to come forward.

“Any flood family who needs assistance should contact us,” she said. “We have pledges of people waiting to help those in need.”

Ms Mohr said through generous donations she had been able to provide school supplies to East Ipswich school children through donations from nurses from the Moree Hospital, as well as “boxes of love” to children at Lowood and Fernvale.

The boxes, designed for boys and girls, include gifts and necessities for those who were affected by the disaster.

For help or more information, contact Bernadette on 3817 1719.



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