COLLECTORS: Rhonda and John Shearer, cutting red tape on donations.
COLLECTORS: Rhonda and John Shearer, cutting red tape on donations.

Shearers bundle up good news

I THOUGHT I would ask a few friends for things.

Currumbin resident Rhonda Shearer never imagined her intention to collect summer clothing, towels and blankets for the Sri Lankan tsunami victims would be buoyed by so much support throughout the Gold Coast.

Ms Shearer and her husband John have become the Gold Coast point of collection for a Sunshine Coast women's mission to bypass red tape and ship in goods via private funding.

"John went around the neighbourhood and everyone has said 'we have got things' and they then told their friends," Ms Shearer said.

"We've had people from Burleigh, Nerang and Clear Island Waters drop off items and local businesses have also helped out."

Items will be shipped to the Methodist Church in Sri Lanka, a non-political entity that will not discriminate when distributing items.

The couple are bracing themselves for plenty of donations following media interest.

"We want to see Sri Lanka overflowing with clothing," Mr Shearer said.

Boxed and bagged items can be delivered to to the Shearers home at 1 Ocean Grove, Currumbin.

Meanwhile, Regent Taxis on the Gold Coast has placed Red Cross collection tins in its 250 cabs for tsunami victims.

The $10,000 target is expected to be easily surpassed thanks to the average 10,000-aday patronage.

Twenty per cent of the profits generated by Joyfest, a three-day festival of music and colour to be staged at Darlington Park, Ormeau from January 14 to 16, will be directed to the Care Australia Tsunami Relief Fund.



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