Acting state co-ordinator for Lifeline Alison Maynard with one her of volunteers Andrew who is heading to flood affected Emerald to help with flood relief. Lifeline are asking for donations of insect repellant for flood victims.
Acting state co-ordinator for Lifeline Alison Maynard with one her of volunteers Andrew who is heading to flood affected Emerald to help with flood relief. Lifeline are asking for donations of insect repellant for flood victims. Sarah Harvey

Lifeline supporting flood victims

LIFELINE phone counsellors from Ipswich are lending their “listening ears” to those affected by Queensland's massive floods.

Eight volunteers left Ipswich yesterday for Chinchilla, Dalby and St George. Another will go to Emerald tomorrow.

Lifeline Community Recovery acting co-ordinator Alison Maynard said the volunteers all had psychological first aid skills.

“Thirty-one volunteers are available from Ipswich,” she said.

“I'll use them away and also at home – we've got to keep the crisis counselling phones staffed.”

Ms Maynard has appealed for donations of insect repellent.

“Floods bring with them mass plagues of mosquitos,” she said.

“The gift of insect repellent is a great ice-breaker for families who are doing it tough and fearful of outsiders.”

To make a donation, call Lifeline Ipswich and West Moreton on 3281 8688.



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