Sharing the love by donating proceeds to Bundy flood victims
SHARING the love last week, Suzie from Kaboozies in Yeppoon donated 20% of all Jakes Candy Valentine chocolates sold in a bid to help our neighbours in Bundaberg, after floods wiped out homes and livelihoods.
Many were left leaving many living in dongas and temporary accommodation, with little more salvaged than the clothes on their backs.
Suzie has now joined forces with businesses and community members across the Capricorn Coast to donate toiletries and non-perishable food items to lend a hand.
She said she had been in contact with the Tom Quinn Community Centre in Bundaberg to find out how our community could assist.
"The community centre informed me that the most needed items at the moment are toiletries and non-perishable food items," Suzie said.
"If everyone in the community donated just one item, we would be able to make a huge difference to those people affected by the devastating floods.
"I had a huge response to the Valentine's Day offer, selling out all of my stock, which was wonderful.
"As people came in and mentioned the article and expressed a desire to do more, I thought this would be an ideal opportunity to put the call out to the community to help.
"Salvation Army community services manager and Tom Quinn Community Centre co-coordinator Tom Osborne said more than 4000 people in the Bundaberg region were have been adversely affected by the recent cyclonic weather and floods.
"Around 300 homes have been destroyed, leaving hundreds of people with no accommodation," he said.
"Bundaberg looks like a war zone at the moment.
"Since we opened the Tom Quinn Community Centre as a distribution centre for those in need of assistance, we have, quite literally, had people coming through the door every few minutes for help.
"Mr Osborne said three centres had set up temporary villages to house the hundreds of people who have lost their homes
.Suzie has offered to pay for the costs of freight to get all donations down to Bundaberg, where it is needed.
If you would like to assist those in need, drop donations of toiletries and non-perishable food items in to the Mirror office for collection.
Suzie from KabooziesIf everyone in the community donated just one item we would be able to make a huge difference