Gary Swift from Taphouse, Heather Stewardson from realestate2487 and Luke Peters from Woolworths
Gary Swift from Taphouse, Heather Stewardson from realestate2487 and Luke Peters from Woolworths

Retailers go to water on disaster relief

KINGSCLIFF Shopping Village retailers have pooled their money and time to send 2000 bottles of drinking water to Fiji which is still counting the cost of last month’s devastating category five cyclone.

More than 40 people were killed by Tropical Cyclone Winston which brought winds of up to 315km per hour.

Fiji is very close to the heart of Heather Stewardson from Real Estate 2487 who spearheaded the group donation from retailers.

She and her husband, Paul McCarthy, have lived in Fiji and will be returning at Easter to help with relief efforts.

Ms Stewardson said she felt helpless after the disaster until she came up with the idea of gathering donations which her fellow village retailers enthusiastically embraced.

Woolworths provided the water at a discounted rate.

The Taphouse Group donated their truck to transport the 10 pallets of water to Nerang for shipping

“Retailers didn’t think twice before digging into their pockets with a ‘we can do’ attitude,” Ms Stewardson said.

“It’s a huge achievement for a community minded centre.

“Kingscliff maybe 4th in the top 10 sea changes within Australia, but when it comes to giving, Kingscliff Village shopping centre are number one.”

Ms Stewardson is now filling a suitcase with donations of kids books, colouring pencils and stickers to take with her to Fiji to donate.



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