Online drive begins
LIKE many of those affected by the flood disaster, displaced Grantham resident Nury Barros simply could not sit idle listening to the loss of her neighbours.
Instead she has been hard at work establishing a disaster relief and rebuilding fund.
‘Grantham Flood Support' started as a Facebook group, which in its second day had about 900 supporters.
A website was launched at 6.30pm a few days ago to accept donations and sell raffle tickets and after just 30 minutes, nearly $500 had been banked.
As of yesterday afternoon there were almost 4000 followers of the page and more than $60,000 in donations.
Ms Barros was fortunate enough to be evacuated early from Grantham where she had lived for 12 years.
She said they were working towards the long-term restructure of the town.
“We still haven't found neighbours in our street and we can't access our home but we'll deal with that later,” Ms Barros said.
“I am so proud of my town and the beauty of our area,” she said.
“It is a country feeling and people say ‘hello' and people are hardworking.
“We are trying to raise money that is going directly to the rebuilding of the town. I specifically want it to go back to the town I live in.”
Ms Barros started the cause on Facebook only a couple of days ago and now it is a full-blown website.
She said they now had well over $1000 worth of donations.
“We are raffling accommodation at motels, restaurant vouchers and other packages.”
She said it was a two-fold approach.
“It is about generating tourism back to our region and it is also about raising money and awareness,” she said.
“None of us have slept and we have volunteers in the office manning the phones, and our whole team have been working around the clock.
“People have searched for the word Grantham and found our page, and they ask where to send these truckloads of goods,” she said.
The Lockyer Valley Regional Council has thrown its weight behind the cause as an official supporter.