Rotary Club of Ipswich North president Les Thornton.
Rotary Club of Ipswich North president Les Thornton. Rob Williams

Rotary Club gets special donation

FAMILIES in some of the worst flood-affected areas in Ipswich have received a $124,000 donation to help them get back on their feet.

The RACQ Foundation provided the Rotary Club Ipswich North with the funds to help homeowners impacted by the 2011 Queensland floods.

Rotary Club's Les Thornton said they used the grant to support 52 flood victims of North Booval, East Ipswich, Goodna and Bundamba.

"It gave us the flexibility to assist those who could not get assistance from other sources," Mr Thornton said.

Mr Thornton said the funds were used for purchasing building materials and hiring supervisors for apprentice tradespeople to help flood victims rebuild their homes.

RACQ Chief Operations Officer Glenn Toms said the club was one of almost 100 community and sporting organisations across Queensland that had been rebuilt using donations from the RACQ Foundation.

"The RACQ Foundation's priority is to help affected communities rebuild following these events and to help charitable organisations provide ongoing assistance to flood and cyclone victims.

"Of the $8 million Foundation funding, about $6 million has now been allocated to help repair or re-construct infrastructure and continue service delivery in their communities," Mr Toms said.

Applications for the current round of Foundation funding are open until May 4.

For more information, visit www.racq.com/foundation.


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