Keep up the great work
GRANTHAM Flood Support received the nod of support from the Prime Minister during Australia Day ceremonies.
After meeting representatives from various emergency services branches, Ms Gillard spoke briefly with Nury Barros, founder of Facebook group, Grantham Flood Support, last week.
Ms Gillard instructed Nury, and her 5000 strong Facebook following, to “keep up the great work”.
During their conversation Nury revealed that Grantham Flood Support has raised over $162,000 and with some significant corporate sponsorship pending and several benefit events planned is placed to break the $200,000 mark.
“This has always been a ‘little engine that could' fund,” Nury said.
“It has always been, and will continue to be, grassroots.
“However it is fantastic to receive some recognition from the powers-that-be.”
One hundred per cent of funds raised will go directly to the Grantham community and an extensive consultative process will take place with Grantham residents to determine the final allocation of funds.
“We had the opportunity to attend the Australia Day ceremony at Picnic Point and meet Prime Minister Julia Gillard who told us to keep going with the good work,” Ms Barros said.
“We are still putting out a call for people who want to donate cash and goods, and to keep checking our Facebook group.
“We are looking to raise $1 million – it is achievable and we will continue to liaise with community in Grantham.
“We are conscious the community is still in mourning and we are coming from a supportive background and we set out from the start to do that.
She said their other goals include connecting people to long-term volunteers for the long-term rebuilding and specific projects.
“It is great to get support from a federal level and we are just going to keep going,” Ms Barros said.
Myke Maroske, a rodeo announcer, his sister Trudi and Graeme Brown contacted Nury Barros to get the ball rolling for the Grantham Disaster Relief Rodeo.
“It is the region in which he (Myke) was born and spent most of his life and he is a cowboy with a heart of gold,” Nury said.
The event will be held at the main arena of the Gatton Show Grounds on Friday, February 25 from 7pm.
To keep up to date go to www.facebook.com/granthamfloodsupport