Phyllis Flor, 88, drying out wet photos in Callaghan Street, East Ipswich.
Phyllis Flor, 88, drying out wet photos in Callaghan Street, East Ipswich. Kasun Ubayasiri

Never too old to help out

PHYLLIS Flor usually spends Saturday mornings enjoying a cuppa or a little shopping with her daughter, Faye.

But this week, as Faye mucked in shovelling mud and lugging soaked furniture in Callaghan Street, East Ipswich, her 88-year-old mum, dressed in a neat blue dress and sensible sandals, was proving you're never too old to lend a hand.

In the shade of the Booval Rotary catering tent, Mrs Flor sat in a chair with wet photos fanned around her feet to dry – pictures rescued from the wreckage of someone's flooded home.

“They belong to someone, and given so much is gone, they'll probably want them,” she said.

Every 20 minutes she'd take a few more photos out of a sodden plastic bag, and place them gently on the ground.

“I have to do them in batches,” she explains.

“I haven't got my walker with me to get up and move about, so I can only do as many as I can reach from my chair.”



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