RealWay principal Glenn Ball and his personal assistant Kylie Ward with shirts they have for sale to raise money for the Karalee flood victims.
RealWay principal Glenn Ball and his personal assistant Kylie Ward with shirts they have for sale to raise money for the Karalee flood victims. Sarah Harvey

Karalee fundraiser the real deal

A BUCKING bull, an animal nursery, face painting and a variety of games was a perfect combination to help Karalee residents get their mind off the devastating floods.

More than 400 homes were inundated with water and about 100 people were forced into a temporary evacuation centre at the primary school grounds.

The fundraising event organised by RealWay Brassall owner Glenn Ball, with the help of his team, said he felt the event was an appropriate way to help out the suburb.

“A lot of our clients live out here and have been affected, so we really wanted to do something for them to show that we care,” Mr Ball said.

“A lot of people are under the perception that real estate agents are happy to take your money when they sell a house, but we wanted to show our clients that we care about them and are here to help.”

Mr Ball, Ipswich born and bred, said he loved the area and wanted to show his support for the community.

“I was just out washing my car the other day and thought it would be great if we had some shirts made up for people to buy that tells people they not only care about the city but that they are also supporting flood victims,” he said.

More than 500 shirts with “Proud to live in Ipswich” written on the front and “Supporting flood victims 2011” were sold at the event for $12 each.

“There is no RealWay emblem on the shirts because we don’t want anyone to think we are profiteering from this; all the money and profits from the day are going straight to the flood victims to help them out,” he said.

“This event is all about supporting the community and showing them we care.”



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