Two old friends reunite for a flood relief effort
TWO childhood friends, now far apart, have reunited to co-ordinate a grassroots relief effort to supply flood-affected farmers out west following the devastation of the past week.
Melissa Murphy, a mother of five and textile artist, put a post on Facebook to try to fill a car and trailer with supplies for farmers around Richmond.
Ms Murphy was overwhelmed by the response and instead of a car and trailer, she now needs a truck to get her avalanche of donations to those in need out west.
With the help of childhood friend Demelza Weston in Richmond, she is co-ordinating a relief effort to provide farmers with basic essentials such as milk, rice and toiletries.
Ms Murphy had also taken donations of cattle feed and dog food as many of the basic services to the region had been cut off.
She said she could not stand idly by as her fellow Queenslanders suffered.
"Watching what these farmers were going through out there, I found it too much to just sit back and watch," she said.
"I put a call out on Facebook and before I knew it, I received a wave of support from all over the place."
Ms Murphy quickly became inundated with donations from central Queenslanders wanting to help, and before she knew it, she had become a project manager of an enormous relief effort.
"My garage at home now looks like a small supermarket," she said.
"We're putting together food packages, toiletries packages, pet foods and calf feed.
"A couple of local businesses and organisations have now jumped on board.
"We also have multiple donation points in Rockhampton and Yeppoon."
Ms Weston was also assessing the logistics of distributing the goods, as donations continued to pour in.
Ms Murphy said: "We started out wanting to fill a car and trailer with supplies, but now it's looking like we will have pallets and pallets of goods for the farmers out west.
"I reckon we'll need a truck."
Ms Murphy said donations were still welcome and said the flood-ravaged farmers needed all the help they could get.
"We can't just tell them that we're going to support them, we have to show them that they have our support," she said.
Those wanting to help can join the Disaster Relief Community Effort Group on Facebook.