Flood Aid – How We Can Help
Once again our TV screens and news media is being inundated with awful images of a natural disaster.
Images of water rushing through NSW, Victorian and Queensland towns, filling the homes of people going about their every day lives brings back memories of the floods which devastated large parts of Queensland last year. Floods which ripped people from their loved ones. Floods which killed people and destroyed people’s lives. Images of people standing on their roofs and screaming in fear will never leave my mind. Like so many Australians watching the images flash before me, I felt so useless. I didn’t know what to do to help, but give money. Without a doubt money helped, but it was the people on the ground helping to clean houses and holding the hands of those suffering that were the true heroes.
Families and towns are still trying to piece their lives together after those almighty floods. No-one will ever forget the fear when water rushed through their homes. Many lost loved ones. Trying to recover from such devastation takes many years, many will never truly recover.
The people of Australia rushed to their aid, but still they need our support.
So do the people through other parts of Australia now facing their own flood fears.
In NSW, about 13,000 people have been evacuated and 2000 are still isolated. The town of Wagga Wagga has been declared a state of emergency. Luckily, overnight the levee held and many will be able to return to their homes. Which was a great relief for the town,but now neighbouring towns are under threat.
As I sit in Adelaide with beautiful clear blue skies and no rain in sight, I feel so distanced from those struggling and worried about their livelihoods and homes.
I watch the pictures of people rallying in the community. It’s amazing the human spirit, the strength to stand up and help when others are in trouble; to chip in without any expectation. But for so many of us, we are stopped by distance and family commitments. We can’t just jump on a plane and spend months helping people clean up, rebuild and mend their hearts. There are others ways to help.
It’s fantastic to organise food, clothes and toy drives, but best you contact local charities to see if there are facilities to store stuff and the transport necessary to get goods to people. Sometimes it might be best to do a money drive instead so agencies can coordinate the relief effort.
Here are some suggestions if you’re are looking for ways to help, like you were looking for ways to help asylum seekers. If you live near or in the flooded areas you could donate your time to help. But if you can’t do that you can donate money online to the Salvation Army’s Flood Relief Appeal or call them on 137258. St Vincent de Paul Society is also collecting money. You can still donate to the Queensland Government’s Disaster Relief Appeal. Do you know of any other groups collecting donations or appealing for flood support that you can add to the list?
Have you ever been impacted by a natural disaster? What did you need most?
What do you think people could do to help?
Have a fab weekend
Main photo: Stuart Mcevoy/news.com.au