Lions fan ready to roar
WHEN Vivienne Stanbury’s house in Goodna was about to go beneath the floodwaters, the last thing she did before making a hasty exit was grab her precious Brisbane Lions season ticket.
But a room full of Lions memorabilia was lost to the rising tide along with all her other belongings.
Grandson Daniel Robinson sent an e-mail to the Lions outlining his grandmother’s plight, the passion she has for her team and the fact that she now had “nothing Lions” to wear to the opening game of the season.
The Lions quickly sent out a supporter pack that included a hat, scarf and polo shirt, and now Ms Stanbury is all set to go to the season kick-off in her fan gear. Ms Stanbury, a tireless worker in the Goodna community, took the QT into the shell of a room that once contained her Lions treasures and spoke of her final act before the floodwaters entered.
“I came in here and grabbed my Lions season ticket off the light switch. It was hanging on the end of a lanyard,” she recalled.
“But I lost five years of membership tickets, magazines and write-ups. I lost a jumper for each year, big beautiful jackets and a scarf. It was all Lions.
“I am here to look after people in need, so for someone to turn around and think about me was humbling. I am so grateful to the Lions.
“The supporters gear is very expensive and I am on a pension. So it takes a long time to save the money to buy it.
“For the Lions to do this just shows what a great club they are. I also got a lovely letter with sympathy for the loss of my house.
“I’ve told my family the dates the Lions games are on this year. Everything else has all been put off.”
Ms Stanbury, who is now staying with her daughter, described herself as “a good supporter” and became misty-eyed when she rattled off an inventory of her lost items..
“I had a Lions cushion, Lions drink bottle and a Lions towel ... I even had a Lions bathmat,” she said.
“The only thing I didn’t have was some real lions in here.”
So did any posters of big, bad Fev get washed away?
“No,” she said.
“But I did have a lovely photo of Alastair Lynch ...”
Grandson Daniel Anderson said his family appreciated the Lions’ gesture.
“For them to go the trouble to look after nanna was something special and it has really lifted her spirits,” he said.
“She spends her time helping people in the community, and when she needed a bit of charity herself the Lions chipped in.
“It might not mean a lot to other people, but to her it means the world.”
Ms Stanbury was insured but said the uncertainty and loss in the months since the floods was impacting the community.
“As we go further on the realisation sets in that we are homeless and all our gear is gone.
“Out there on the footpath was 37 years of my life while I’ve been in Australia,” she said