Chance for city to show heart
WITH devastating floods leaving a trail of destruction across the state, Ipswich residents have been encouraged to dig deep and give generously to ease the pressure on those left to pick up the pieces.
Brassall Shopping Centre manager John Tofte said the centre had been in the process of collecting for the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal when the floods had started to threaten Queensland.
He said they had decided simply to keep the appeal for non-perishable food, cleaning products and personal items going.
“People have been quite happy to come back and make a contribution, which is nice,” Mr Tofte said.
“People have been thinking of the things that they would most need if they had to start cleaning up from scratch again.”
Mr Tofte said they had started to officially seek donations from New Year's Day onwards, with 12 boxes so far collected.
He said after witnessing the generosity of outsiders in 1974 during Ipswich's own flood disaster, it was time for the city to show their support for those most in need.
“We were helped so much in 1974,” Mr Tofte said.
“People came from anywhere and everywhere to help.
“We are the lucky ones now.”
Mr Tofte said he had been amazed at the incredible strength shown by north Queensland residents, such as those in Emerald where the enormous clean-up task is currently underway as water levels start to fall.
About 1000 homes in the central Queensland town were inundated after the recent deluge.
He said the community had happily thrown their support behind previous appeals, such as the Victorian Bushfire Appeal in 2009.
“Support was phenomenal,” Mr Tofte said.
“We filled an empty shop with donations, such as household items and toys in no time at all.
“This time we are seeking more urgent donations such as food and personal items.”
Mr Tofte said donations would be given to the Salvation Army for distribution to those most in need.
A collection bin for donations is located outside Woolworths at the centre in Hunter Street.