Group gets worldwide backing

GRANTHAM resident Nury Barros never dreamed her effort to help her community rebuild would gain international attention.

The disaster relief and rebuilding fund on Facebook was established to help her neighbours last week.

Donations have been received from as far afield as Italy and the UK and the donation figure is constantly rising.

The Facebook group ‘Grantham Flood Support' had raised more than $130,000 and had almost 5000 fans.

After hearing about the group, 14 utes and trailers drove up from Lismore with goods for Grantham including food and cleaning supplies on the weekend.

One of the fund's mandates is that all proceeds raised are directed to Grantham and surrounding areas.

“As a resident, I will be making sure every cent ends up in the Lockyer Valley helping flood victims,” Ms Barros said.

The Lockyer Valley Regional Council has also thrown its weight behind the cause as an official supporter.

“Little Grantham, a town of less than 1000 people, is counting more bodies than Brisbane. It really is the ‘ground zero' of the disaster,” Ms Barros said.

“The town is completely gone and we'll have to go through months of rebuilding just to have a ‘home' again.”

Individuals and businesses able to make a donation to Grantham Flood Support can do so at the website:

Donations of all denominations are appreciated. 

Consultation from the Grantham community will be sought to identify projects worthwhile funding and the final decision will be made by a committee of residents.

One of the Grantham Flood Support fans organised an auction with prizes to giveaway from various sponsors and the total prize is valued at over $1300. To bid, go to the Facebook page and leave your bid in the comment section.

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