Flood appeal heads towards $1m

THE Ipswich Flood Appeal has smashed through the $500,000 mark and is powering towards hitting $1 million soon.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale is flying to Sydney this morning to speak at a fundraiser alongside celebrities including former Wallaby and TV personality Chris “Buddha” Handy.

He will then return for another speaking engagement today in Brisbane.

Cr Pisasale said the appeal's “money in the bank” was $526,000 but still to be banked included $30,000 from the Brookwater golf day last week and $250,000 from last week's Italian Chamber of Commerce fundraiser in Sydney.

“The generosity of sponsors has been fantastic,” said Cr Pisasale, who said other donations included 10 $2500 vouchers from Nick Scali Furniture and Caltex fuel cards.

“There are no cash donations from the Ipswich Flood Appeal.

“The cash will get converted into vouchers for local products and services.”

Ipswich City Council has taken on the responsibility of coordinating offers of help, goods and services donated to flood-affected residents.

The council is collecting flood-affected people's personal details so it can collate data on flood damage and coordinate donations and services.

Details required include damage, whether the people have insurance, what help is needed and household items they need.

The forms, called Help Us Help You, are available at the council customer call centre in the Ipswich Mall, councillors' divisional offices and on the Ipswich City Council web site.

“It's very difficult to contact some people when they aren't in their house so we need friends and family who weren't affected to let them know,” Cr Pisasale said.

“We don't care about means-testing; all we care about is the emotional healing. All we want is genuine people in need.”

He said about 150 forms had been returned so far.

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