Havaianas offer funds to Appeal
LOCKYER Valley resident, Trish Gordon, has a lifelong mate who works for the thong company Havaianas and has been encouraging them to send up a bundle of 2000 pairs of thongs to put something on flood victims' feet.
“How it all unfolded was I am good friends with Brand Director Elke Munro and she called last week to see how things were here,” Ms Gordon said.
“We were discussing the events of the week and I had told her I was dropping some stuff down to the Gatton Sports Centre for donation.”
She said the company tried to send some thongs to the Lockyer Valley but they couldn't get through for some reason.
“The call came for Brisbane on Friday and then she spoke to me to try and get thongs here, for some of the worst hit victims,” she said.
“I said to her I am sure they could get some up here, and they could get to the heart of the devastation.
“She is a Queensland girl and was pretty shocked to see what is happening here from Sydney, so of course she wanted to help.”
Paddy Ashton at the Gatton Sports Centre said the thongs are only going to Lockyer Valley at the moment, but the cash donation is going to the Premier's Flood Relief Appeal.
The Havaianas have raised the organisation's contribution to the value of $60,000.
A further 1500 pairs of Havaianas thongs are available for donation and charities in need are asked to contact Klick Communications for further information.
“Havaianas has stores and employees directly affected by the floods that have devastated Queensland,” Elke Munro said.
“For five years we have been raising money for charities with our Australia Day event and 2011 was no different.”
The annual charity event, Havaianas Australia Day Thong Challenge, supported the Queensland flood relief as well as the Nippers programs across Australia.
In addition to donating $10 from every registration to the Nippers program at each state's beach, Havaianas are hoping to raise $20,000 with a portion of each registration being donated to support the Queensland Flood disaster.