Mick McKie from Zebra Metals. Zebra Metals will be helping out emergency services including the SES and Rural Firefighters who helped out in the recent floods.
Mick McKie from Zebra Metals. Zebra Metals will be helping out emergency services including the SES and Rural Firefighters who helped out in the recent floods. Chris Ison

Turning scrap into services

GRACEMERE'S Zebra Metal is doing its bit for charity, following the recent storms and flood, by donating money to key services which help in emergencies.

Owner Ron Bowes has decided to pay customers $80 for each tonne of scrap metal given to the yard. The customer can then decide which service he would like to donate to.

"We've come up with the idea to do a flood scrap drive," he said.

"Customers will be paid $80 per tonne of scrap metal they drop off and the cheque can be written out to the service they desire. Whether it's the rural fire brigade or the SES, it's their choice."

Mr Bowes said he would like to reach a target of $5000.

"If we could donate that much I will be very happy, so the more the merrier."

His employees would help unload drop offs and would work after hours, within reason.

Meanwhile, Rockhampton mother of four Jody Kelly has cleaned out every wardrobe in her house and bagged it all to be sent off to Bundaberg flood victims.

Mrs Kelly, 39, said she was just doing her bit to help out.

"I have family in Bundaberg," she said. "I saw how bad they copped it in the 2011 floods and now they are going through it again."

She is volunteering to collect bags of items and, with the help of Followmont transport, have them delivered to Bundaberg's St Andrew's church.

 

- Madeline McDonald



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