Community supports flood victims
PRAYERS were whispered and donations were made in Murwillumbah yesterday as the Tweed community banded together to support the victims of the Queensland floods.
All Saints Anglican Church in Murwillumbah held a prayer service followed by a breakfast and a bring-and-buy sale with donations given to the Queensland Flood Appeal.
Tweed residents were grateful for the chance to reach out to the victims in some way and dug deep to support the worthy cause.
All Saints Anglican Church Reverend Colin Tett said the event was surrounded by positive energy.
“It was fantastic, we had more than 100 people there and we were just blown away by the support,” Rev Tett said.
“We raised $2100 just from the breakfast and sale and that does not even include the money from the collection during the service, which we also expect to be quite high.
“I cannot believe how positive it was, but that was what it was all about. People reaching out to each other and feeling like they were being given the chance to help.”
Rev Tett said residents from all different communities attended the event as a sign of support for the flood victims.
“People from our church, from other faiths and communities were all there,” Rev Tett said.
“This event has been very successful but now we have started to think about what else we can do.
“We all left saying ‘what next?'.
Rev Tett said assisting the needs of the flood-damaged communities will become clear over the following weeks.
“As the needs become clearer then we can look at other ways to help,” he said.
All Saints Anglican Church in Murwillumbah will act as a drop-off point for residents who would like to donate essential items to the people of Grantham, one of the towns badly affected by the disaster.
Donations can be dropped off between 9am and 12pm today, tomorrow and Wednesday.
The Queensland Government has also launched an appeal to help flood victims.
Tweed residents can donate to the Premier's Flood Relief Appeal.
Financial donations can be made online, by phone, in person or by post.
To give to the premier's flood appeal visit www.qld.gov.au/floods/donate.