Ipswich UK steps in
IPSWICH, you are not alone.
That was the message from our namesake city of Ipswich in England yesterday.
As news of our plight spread across the world The Evening Star newspaper in Ipswich, UK and the Ipswich Building Society, Suffolk launched the “Ipswich United” campaign to raise funds for flood-hit south-east Queensland.
In its Thursday edition the paper wrote that it hoped to raise money quickly “to help our namesake in its hour of need”.
The local building society kicked things off with a 1000-pound donation.
“There is a link with Ipswich in Queensland and many people here feel real concern about what is happening there,” Ipswich Building Society chief executive Paul Winter said.
The city’s mayor Jane Chambers pledged to donate the proceeds from an annual gala supper .
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the people of Queensland. I have been there myself and have lots of good memories,” she said.
The New Wolsey Theatre also jumped on board offering to donate the bucket collections it takes at the end of performances.
Back home our own mayor Paul Pisasale was thrilled to hear about the response from Britain.
“You’re all stars!” he told the Evening Star.
“It’s tough here at the moment but it’s great to know you’re all thinking about us as well.”
Meanwhile the Help Your State, Help a Mate appeal being co-ordinated by The Queensland Times’ publisher APN, has helped raise almost $36 million for the Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal.
Rebuilding our flood-ravaged state is likely to take many years and cost billions of dollars so co-ordinators are hoping the figure will continue to rise.
Funds from the appeal will be administered by the Red Cross, so readers can be assured donations will go to those most in need.
To donate, phone 1800 219 028 or visit www.qld.gov.au/floods. Donations over $2 are tax deductible.