Coffee Club to help flood victims
THE simple act of having a coffee tomorrow, is set to help flood- ravaged Queenslanders get back on their feet.
Redbank Plaza Coffee Club franchisee Boubacar Barry said proceeds from every coffee purchased at the cafe would go towards the Premiers' Disaster Relief Appeal.
The local businessman, who together with wife Angela owns Coffee Club franchises in Springfield Orion, Booval and Riverlink shopping centres, said each cafe would also continue taking donations.
“We are supported by the community,” Mr Barry said.
“We have people who have come and supported us at our stores in Ipswich.
“We can't stop and say thank you to everyone, so this is our way of saying thanks.”
Premier Anna Bligh yesterday extended her own gratitude to the Australians who had helped take the appeal to close to $30 million.
The appeal, launched on December 29, was significantly boosted on Sunday night by the Channel Nine Flood Relief telethon which added more than $10 million.
National sports organisations also rallied around the flood relief effort, with the AFL announcing a $500,000 donation and the Socceroos putting a shirt on ebay for fundraising.
Ms Bligh, said the response had been amazing. “Corporations came up with some big figures and we are most grateful,” she said.
“But we are just as impressed with smaller donations and it was a humbling experience to talk to the callers. There were pensioners donating $50 and $20 and apologising that they couldn't give more.”
APN News & Media, publisher of The Queensland Times, has donated $100,000 to the Premier's Flood Relief Appeal and is encouraging all Queenslanders to follow suit through its Help Your State, Help a Mate campaign.
Bunnings stores across Australia have also joined forces to help raise more than $260,000 for the relief appeal.
Team members conducted fundraising sausage sizzles nationally on Thursday, with stores continuing to act as collection points for cash donations.