Calendar girls to raise flood funds
JUST over eight months since the floods in the Lockyer and Brisbane valleys, a local photographer has launched a calendar set to raise money for flood affected families.
Delcia Morton launched her calendar, featuring local girls in different Valley locations, last week.
"We are starting to sell this calendar as of today via door knocking, at some markets and some shopping centres," Mrs Morton said.
She said she decided to create the calendar because she wanted to do something for the families still dealing with the flood.
"In the flood, our house was affected and we had the kids in boats out the front and when we were staying at the high school when we were evacuated, we spent a bit of time with people who were worse off than we were," she said.
"When we got home, Shane was able to go and help out, but because I had to stay with the kids, I wasn't able to do as much.
"I felt I hadn't done enough to help, so I wanted to do the only I know how to do, which is take photos.
"Through Facebook I found girls of all different shapes, sizes and nationalities to be models.
"I took photos at Branell Homestead, Spicers Hidden Vale and at local farms and sometimes on the side of the road because it was too beautiful not to capture.
"There have been a lot of businesses that have sponsored this as it costs about $5000 to print the calendars.
"It has been printed in the Lockyer Valley and we got a make-up artist from the area as well."
She said the money raised by the calendars will go directly to families affected by floods.
"The Laidley Community Centre will be distributing the money to the families, as they will know best who needs it and have direct contact with them," she said.
"It's mainly concerning those that lost their home, or those that can't work because of the floods.
"We have the potential to raise about $10,000 here if we sell about 2000 calendars."
Delcia's calendar girls will be door knocking to sell the calendars, which sell for $20.
Calendars can be ordered from www.photographybydelcia.com.