HAPPY TO HELP: Margaret McDonald drops some money into the Ballina Lions flood appeal bucket last week, manned by club president Des Emmett.
HAPPY TO HELP: Margaret McDonald drops some money into the Ballina Lions flood appeal bucket last week, manned by club president Des Emmett.

Ballina Shire helps out

BALLINA Shire has done its bit to help the victims of the devastating Queensland floods which have taken the lives of 20 people and left thousands homeless.


And, for many older locals, the scenes of the fast-flowing floodwaters and ruined belongings are very familiar.


Margaret McDonald, from Alstonville, was more than happy to throw in a few dollars to the Lions flood appeal bucket being manned by Ballina Lions president Des Emmett last Thursday.


The Lions raised $15,242 in a week, with all funds to be distributed to flood victims.


“It’s terrible,” said Margaret when speaking of the floods.


And it brought back memories.


Back in 1945 and 1954, she was living with her family at South Lismore.


“I went through a couple of floods, but nothing like this (the ‘inland tsunami’ that hit the Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley),” she said.


“I know some of what they’re going through.”


She was a child in 1945, and the family lost everything and spent several days homeless.


Meanwhile, the sausages were sizzling outside Woolworths in River Street, Ballina, during lunchtime last Thursday.


And young children were having their faces painted.


Both events were organised for the Salvation Army flood appeal, and Woolworths has pledged to match any donation dollar-for-dollar up until today, January 20.


The fundraiser raised more than $1000 in just a couple of hours.


The Richmond Valley Woodcrafters decided to put money they raised at a barbecue at Bunnings through Woolworths as well.


The group raised $716.


Last week the Rotary Club of Alstonville had raised $1300 from a sausage sizzle, with more money to come in from a donation tin at LJ Hooker in Alstonville.
 

And so many more locals have jumped on board the Queensland Premier’s flood appeal. You can donate by phone on 1800 219 028, via internet banking at Premiers Disaster Relief Appeal BSB: 064 013 account number: 1000 6800, at major banks or online at www.qld.gov.au/floods.


As of Monday afternoon this week, the appeal had reached $88,031,509.


There are still more ways local people can help the victims.


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