Business shuts down to help Qld
TWO Byron Bay residents have shut down their own business to help flood victims in Queensland get back on their feet.
Kirra Pendergast and Lachlan Pennefather spent the past week setting up and receiving donations for a home-grown flood appeal – Common Ground Australia Community Support.
Common Ground is a Byron Bay community blog run by Ms Pendergast and Mr Pennefather.
So far, $7000 in cash donations have been made to the registered charitable trust and the organisers have eight garages full of material donations across the Northern Rivers.
That all thanks to an army of local volunteers, Ms Pendergast said.
“My business partner and I decided we wanted to do something to help specific communities so we could see where our help was going,” she said.
Donations have come from far and wide, including from a 101-year-old women who donated $50 from her pension and from residents in New York.
A group of Byron Bay children set up a roadside cake stall recently where they sold home-baked goods to raise money for the flood victims.
Flood appeal organisers loaded up a rented truck full of goods yesterday and made their way to the Upper Lockyer Valley where they will drop off donations to five specific communities.
“There has been very little coverage of these regions where most of the guys have lost their livelihood,” Ms Pendergast said.
“They are just embracing us and can’t believe we are taking interest in them.”
People can make donations through: Account Name: Common Ground Australia – Community Support Fund, Westpac – Mt Gravatt QLD, BSB: 034089, account: 102307.
For drop-off points log onto the group’s Facebook page: QLD Floods – Withcott, Murphy’s Creek, Postman’s Ridge – Community Support.