Church pledges flood support
AS FLOOD levels start to recede in Ipswich, St Mary’s Catholic Church has pledged to do what it can to help those left to deal with the devastation.
St Mary’s pastoral associate Bernadette McAndrew said parishioners had volunteered to assist retirees at Bremer Waters Retirement Village on Moores Pocket Road at Tivoli, to dry out and clean their homes.
She said the parish covered suburbs such as Woodend, Sadliers Crossing, West Ipswich, Raceview, Flinders View and East Ipswich, with many parishioners affected by flooding.
Mrs McAndrew said the church encouraged those not affected by the flood to provide practical support, such as preparing meals or helping to clean homes.
She said the church would also place baskets at its front door and people who attended services this weekend and next weekend were encouraged to donate stationery items or vouchers to help families preparing to send their children back to school.
“We are inviting people as a community to do what they can to assist,” she said.