Sydney team help flood victims
AFTER seeing the devastation of the Ipswich floods on their TV screens, Michael Lakkis and his team at Guardian Venue Management knew they had to help in some way.
Based in Sydney, the business started out by first raising money to help our devastated city.
But wanting to do more, the team packed up and drove to Ipswich to lend a hand in person.
And they didn't come up empty handed ... they brought $4500 to add to the Mayor's flood appeal and more than $1000 worth of toys.
Since arriving on Tuesday, Mr Lakkis and his boys have been working hard helping to distribute furniture and other goods and clean up around the city before heading back home on Saturday.
“We couldn't believe the damage we saw on television – we all knew we had to do something to help,” he said.
“Some of the people we've met have been inspirational. They've lost everything but they're still doing all they can to help others.
“People are very grateful for our help and we're just happy to be able to help.”
Despite being the boss, Mr Lakkis hasn't been able to shirk the hard work.
“The boys have been giving it to me, reminding me I'm the boss and making sure I'm working hard,” he said.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said the city was grateful for all the help that came from interstate volunteers like the Guardian Venue Management team.
“I think it's fantastic that these guys, who have no previous association with Ipswich, decided to come up for a week to help us out,” Cr Pisasale said.
“It's good to know there are so many people out there willing to lend a hand when it's needed the most.”