Listener rescues aid convoy
EIGHT truckloads of furniture, TVs, bedding and whitegoods almost didn’t make it to Ipswich on Sunday.
Ipswich Aid Convoy 2011 organiser Roy Collins found out on Friday that the trucks he’d booked to shift the flood donations from the Gold Coast were delayed up north by Cyclone Yasi.
“I was in a desperate situation so I went on the local radio station down here,” he said.
“A listener came on and said he wanted to donate to the flood appeal.”
This caller, a Canadian on holiday, agreed to pay for the use of another eight trucks.
“The volume of stuff we had was incredible,” Mr Collins said.
“The convoy was about two kilometres long.
“We had over 70 pick-ups to do on the coast. It was an unbelievable effort.”
Rivers of Life Church elder Graeme Hart was overwhelmed by the donations brought to Ipswich by the Gold Coast Cruiser Club.
“The Tivoli church looks like and is a warehouse – it’s a wonderful use of the building,” he said.
“We have five shipping containers on the grounds and we could have filled another five.”
The donated goods will be sorted for distribution. “We’ve got hundreds of applicants who have contacted us by phone and who appeared on the day,” Mr Hart said. “We’ve registered people affected by the flood who need assistance.”