Lions send support north

Coolum Lions discuss ways to help flood victims in north Queensland. Photo: Mike Garry/scw1338
Coolum Lions discuss ways to help flood victims in north Queensland. Photo: Mike Garry/scw1338

Coolum Lions are doing their bit to ensure north Queensland flood victims will not be forgotten in the aftermath of the Victorian bushfire tragedy.

Last Sunday morning, Lions members met to discuss the plight of those suffering in the flood-affected north of the state, and approved an immediate donation of $10,000.

This money will go to an appeal launched by north Queensland Lions to aid victims of Cyclone Ellie.

Coolum Lions are also collecting goods to send to north Queensland by rail but because the tracks are damaged there is a backlog of goods waiting to go.

“Medical and food supplies are getting priority over everything,” Lion Don Knopke said.

“So you come in the queue after that.”

Mr Knopke said he was hopeful the first load would be on its way north by the end of the month.

Lions district officer Carol Wilgucki said she needed help to transport donations from around the Coolum and the North Shore area to Marcoola for despatch.

“There is so much donated out there but at the moment I just don’t have a truck to pick it all up,” she said.

“I’m just hoping somebody will come forward and say, ‘Would you like to borrow my truck?’.”

Ms Wilgucki said the response from locals had been encouraging.

“People are starting to bring stuff,” she said.

“I would love to be able to get plenty of white goods and furniture.”

“I’ve been in touch with a Lions club in Townsville and they are now going to look around the local area in Townsville and see if somebody will donate the storage so I can get it up as far as Townsville.

“And then the Townsville Lions will take it on board from there. It will be so much easier.”

People with goods to donate can drop them at 5/3 Cessna Street, Marcoola from 10am until 3pm daily.

For more information or if you are able to help, contact Carol Wilgucki on 0427 791 594.

The Coolum Lions will also donate $5000 to the Victorian bushfire appeal, while Lions Clubs International has launched a worldwide appeal to support bushfire relief.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars are expected to roll in for the bushfire appeal from Lions clubs all over the world.

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