Appeal to fund Christmas parties

FUNDS from the Ipswich Flood Appeal will be used to help the city throw its arms around our flood victims this Christmas time.

Ipswich Flood Appeal chairman Paul Pisasale said the appeal committee decided to use money left in the kitty for Christmas parties in flood-affected suburbs.

He said at the latest committee meeting, it was determined that the appeal had raised more than $2 million.

A condition of the flood appeal, he said, was the final date for all the money to be spent was December 30.

"We've had two rounds of $500 vouchers but donations are still coming in from places like ANZ Bank," the Mayor said.

"Christmas is the time people will start to feel lonely so we want to have some celebrations with help from corporate sponsors like the QT.

"We want to make sure people realise they're not alone; the rest of Ipswich is with them. It's about celebrating together as a community.

"I don't think we can put enough emphasis on the emotional effects of the floods.

"We're still finalising the details but we might even have a toy drive for the kids with some help from the corporate sponsors. I've already had people say they want to supply Christmas trees.

"Ipswich has already shown it's a caring community; we really want to show that this Christmas."

He reminded people that vouchers were still available from the flood appeal.

"People might not think they can collect their voucher on something like a fridge because their house is still being rebuilt," he said.

"What they need to know is people can spend the money on the voucher and the retailer will hold on to it for them."

The Ipswich Flood Appeal was set up under the Mayor's Community Fund and the City of Ipswich Community Fund accounts as soon as the floods hit.

Committee members include Tom Edwards, Paul Tully, Victor Attwood, Peter Rea, John Grant, Paul Casos, Peter Hourigan, Andrew Harvey and June Frank.

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