Goods pour in for Asian tsunami relief
DONATIONS have poured into Ikin Store It storage business which is collecting goods from all over the Tweed and Gold Coast to send to tsunami-affected areas in Asia.
The call went out for donations at the beginning of last week and organiser Jennie Hunter has been overwhelmed with the response.
Ms Hunter said they had planned to send one shipping container, but due to the generosity of the community they would need the space of more.
"We have received over 300 cubic metres of donations," she said.
"It's just been incredible - we've been given clothing, toys, tents, tools and just so much."
"We've even had people posting things in - one lady went and bought 20 pairs of kids thongs and sent in, another sat up all night sewing little outfits for kids - the generosity is amazing."
Ikin Store It owner Alan Ikin said the contents of the containers would be distributed by Rotary International.
"The shipping company we deal with, Four Winds International in Brisbane, have told us it is quite realistic that they may donate the space for five-to-
six containers," he said.
"And the Rotary International members will be there to receive it and distribute the goods, which is an important aspect of the process."
Mr Ikin said he was absolutely surprised at the amount of donations that had been delivered to his storage business.
"It just shows that around the world there may be religious and political differences, but when there's a disaster we become one big global village.
"The amount of material aid that has been collected around the world is phenomenal."
Mr Ikin said donations had now closed at his Varsity Lakes storage business, where a team of volunteers had been packing since last Tuesday.
"If a system is developed that is workable we will continue shipping over donations for as long as the need exists," he said.
Volunteer Nancy Beecham, from Kingscliff, said she had been staggered by the line of cars queuing to bring in donations.
"It's been truly amazing - businesses have donated like Bunnings with the packing tape, and carton manufacturers as well as groups of mums and a skip full of donations from Tweed was delivered.