Club gives $50k to flood victims
AS the devastating images and sounds from the Queensland floods echo through Tweed, the sound of generosity can also be heard.
The magnitude of the flood damage has prompted the board of Twin Towns Services Club, on behalf of all members, to pledge $50,000 to the Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal.
Twin Towns Services Club chairman Michael Fraser said the enormity of the event befitted a donation of this size.
“Our members would expect us to support the tragic loss of lives and homes that has occurred across Queensland,” Mr Fraser said.
“Many of the areas which were badly affected, like Toowoomba, Ipswich, Warwick and Brisbane, are where our members come from and it is good to give something back.
“Anybody who has seen the footage or witnessed the scene and does not want to help has something wrong with them.”
Mr Fraser said the loss of life in Queensland has been felt strongly across Tweed.
“Many of the people who lost their homes had just finished cleaning up from the last flood. The damage that has been done to Queensland is heartbreaking,” Mr Fraser said.
“At the moment we are in a position to help and we are in the position to give something back to those areas.
“This El Nino effect, which is causing floods across the state, still has three months to go and we are keeping some funds available in case something happens in Tweed. After this period we may decide to pledge more money to the relief appeal.”
Mr Fraser said the club was talking about how it could contribute to the Queensland flood victims before the devastating “inland tsunami” swept through Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley.
“At that stage we were just watching what was happening, and when the disaster happened we could not just sit back and watch,” Mr Fraser said.
“Every organisation which is in a financial position to help should contribute to the relief of this disaster.”
Twin Towns Services Club joins clubs from around the state in supporting the fundraising efforts being coordinated by Clubs New South Wales.
Clubs New South Wales has also pledged $50,000 to launch the appeal.