Andy Huang, volunteer for the Tzu Chi Foundation, with one of the blankets the buddhist group is donating to flood victims.
Andy Huang, volunteer for the Tzu Chi Foundation, with one of the blankets the buddhist group is donating to flood victims. David Nielsen

Tzu Chi Foundation helping victims

A BUDDHIST group based on the principle of giving will stage its biggest handover today in Ipswich.

Hundreds of recipients who were affected by the January floods are expected to benefit.

Tzu Chi Foundation volunteer Andy Huang said the Brisbane group held a smaller relief centre at Goodna last weekend.

“We’re giving out $500 gift cards, blankets and also medical packs,” he said.

“Each of the family members will get a king-size blanket.

“We also give out bamboo-shaped piggy banks.

“This is the short-term phase where we give out things that are more urgent. So far we’ve given out 1700 blankets and spent $375,000.”

The international foundation has set aside $1.1 million for the flood relief effort.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said the Tzu Chi Foundation volunteers had offered help around the city, from clearing out muddy homes to singing happy songs to Brassall State School students.

“We are so lucky to have people from all over Australia offering such incredible support to our citizens when they need it most,” Cr Pisasale said.

Flood-affected residents of Ipswich City Council divisions two, three and four are invited to the relief centre at Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School assembly hall from 10am to midday, while residents of division five can attend from 2pm to 4pm.

Each recipient will need to produce their driver’s licence or equivalent form of ID as proof of address.

The school is at the corner of Queen Victoria Parade and Chermside Road, East Ipswich.



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