Cara just happy to pitch in and help clean up after Marcia
CARA Bartlett was grateful for the chance to be part of Livingstone's Lend-A-Hand Day on Saturday.
She was part of a nine-member team (seven volunteers and two Livingstone Shire Council workers) who concentrated their efforts on clearing properties in Barmaryee.
More than 90 volunteers from across the region took part in Lend-A-Hand Day, organised by the council in partnership with Volunteering Australia.
It was designed to help those who couldn't help themselves in the wake of Cyclone Marcia.
Cara, the nurse manager at Total Health Medical Centre, was motivated by a desire to get out in the community and help out.
"I felt like I needed to do more," Cara said. "I'm young and fit so I didn't see a reason why I shouldn't.
"I've lived in Yeppoon for 23 years, and it's just heartbreaking to see the town like it is.
"I've sat down and had a few good cries with people. I can see that people are very emotional.
"Whether you've suffered personal loss or not, it still affects people."
Cara said there was a "wonderful sense of community" on show at the Lend-A-Hand Day, and there was an "awesome atmosphere" at the post-work barbecue.
"We are all very tired but there's a real sense of satisfaction," she said.