Karalee flood victims Lachlan and Maddisen Clausen with The Wiggles who performed at the Riverlink Shopping Centre on Sunday for a big crowd in the food court.
Karalee flood victims Lachlan and Maddisen Clausen with The Wiggles who performed at the Riverlink Shopping Centre on Sunday for a big crowd in the food court. Sarah Harvey

Flood kids get a Wiggle on

THE Wiggles restored the smiles of thousands of children affected by flooding as they sung and danced at Riverlink yesterday.

Karalee siblings Maddisen, 5, and Lachlan, 3, were able to forget about losing all their toys, including signed Wiggles memorabilia, when they met the talented team at Riverlink yesterday.

Belinda Meier, the pair’s aunt, said the children were excited about seeing the Wiggles after losing everything in the floods.

“The water went right over the roof of our home at Karalee,” Ms Meier said.

“We lost everything; all we could save was a couple of clothes, some photos and a toy each.

“The children lost every Wiggles book they have ever owned, every toy and every picture of them. They have been pretty upset.”

Yesterday though was a chance for the pair to meet their idols and get their picture taken with the Wiggles.

“They have never missed a Wiggles concert since Maddisen was eight months old, so we weren’t going to miss out on this, especially now that they have nothing left.”

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said it was tremendous the Wiggles wanted to show their support of the city’s young people.

“The flood has left many people devastated, in particular children. I’ve seen children traumatised by seeing the damage to their homes and their toys thrown out in a soggy mess in rubbish piles. Some are having nightmares and others are developing a fear of water,” Cr Pisasale said.

“Childhood is a time of innocence, and it’s tremendous the Wiggles are coming to town to show their support of the city’s children. They will definitely put smiles back on their faces.”

The Wiggles team made up of Anthony (Blue), Murray (Red), Jeff (Purple) and Sam (Yellow), were joined by their friends, Captain Feathersword and Dorothy The Dinosaur.

“We mourn the loss of lives and the devastation of so many homes,” Anthony said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with those families who are suffering. We definitely hope we brought a smile back to some of those children affected.”

After performing at Riverlink the Wiggles made their way to Helidon where they performed for the people who lost everything in the Lockyer Valley.



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