Teacher heeds call to aid kids
A BANORA Point resident has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help flood-affected children.
Vanessa Fowler spent four days, up to 12 hours a day in Brisbane helping children in the flood zones.
Mrs Fowler was on holiday from her job as an early childhood teacher at Save the Children Australia when she was called to assist.
The devoted teacher transported children’s supplies in a mobile van to and from Brisbane’s evacuation centres.
“Supplies included crafts, puzzles, art materials, colouring books and other activities to keep the children’s minds off the floods,” Mrs Fowler said.
She said it was a good feeling to see the children happy and settled.
During the four days the van had to be reloaded with fresh supplies from the coast on three separate occasions.
“On the days I was at the evacuation centre there were up to 70 children using our service,” she said.
Mrs Fowler’s three children also helped load the vans.
Many of her co-workers came back to work during their vacations to help out in the evacuation centres, Mrs Fowler said.
“In a time of crisis that is just what happens,” she said.
Workers from Save the Children will continue to work in the evacuation centres for the next couple of weeks.