The QT’s own adopted family, Allan and Bev Hanson, in their damaged North Booval home.
The QT’s own adopted family, Allan and Bev Hanson, in their damaged North Booval home. David Nielsen

Adopt a Flood Family Appeal

THE people of Ipswich are today being asked to reach out a helping hand to the hundreds of families left in crisis by the flood disaster.

Just a month after the end of our Christmas Adopt-a-Family campaign, The Queensland Times is today launching its Adopt a Flood Family Appeal.

The people of Ipswich and the surrounding regions have already shown an incredible readiness to help those hit hardest by the devastating floods.

But for many families, the road to recovery is one that will take many months, if not years.

You can do your bit to help them by registering with our appeal today and The QT will put you in touch with a home that desperately needs help.

The QT team has already pledged its support to newspaper delivery driver Allan Hanson, whose home was completely ruined by the floods.

But despite the water rising to his home's roof, Mr Hanson tirelessly worked to deliver papers every night, navigating for hours around flooded roads.

“There was nothing to do here other than sit at home and watch the water come up and go down again,” Mr Hanson said.

Mr and Mrs Hanson were not insured for floods and only had moments to grab some clothes before fleeing. After returning to their devastated North Booval home Mr Hanson said the family felt “like strangers”.

“We keep on saying we're lucky because we've got the house; we've still got our lives,” Mr Hanson said.

QT general manager Steve Portas said the newspaper had donated $2000 so Mr Hanson and his wife Bev can buy emergency items such as food, shoes, clothes and a bed. “What our Adopt a Family Christmas appeal has shown us is the abundant generosity that exists across the Ipswich region,” Mr Portas said.

“We need to tap into that once again in these difficult times.”

Adopt a Flood Family co-ordinator Bernadette Mohr said families in need would be matched with those who wanted to help.

“Help doesn't need to be financial – it can include practical things such as taking families shopping, picking the kids up from school or bringing them a meal,” Ms Mohr said. “And just simply the emotional support of one family for another can make a world of difference.”

Once the appeal has a list of individuals and families who would like to lend assistance, the call will go out for families who need a helping hand. Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale called on residents to help out.

“There are a lot of people in our community who have been through enormous tragedy,” Cr Pisasale said. “They need all the help the city can give them.”

If you can help call Bernadette Mohr on 3817 1719.

You can help in many ways:

Flood victims need both financial and emotional help.

Donations of fridges and washing machines are needed.

Demand is also high for clothing and kids' toys.

Tradesmen and building materials will help rebuild homes.

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