Thursday, February 29, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Community Rallies For Flood Affect NQ

Upon hearing of the devastating effects of the flooding in North Queensland, following Ex-Tropical Cyclone Jasper, local business owners Jen and Beth Walters of Cartridge Universe Whitsunday, decided to rally the community together to provide necessary supplies to small communities.

“We became aware of the state of Rossville and surrounds when our friend, Dave Charlton, put the call out for any donations to travel up with him on 22nd December 2023,” Beth explained.

In December, Jen and Beth were able to collect donations from Silly Sollys and Whitsundays Pharmacy, which Dave drove to the isolated communities of Rossville, Wujal, Bloomfield and surrounding towns.

From there, the couple turned to social media, to put the callout for their plan to send more donations to the small communities.

“So many kind people and some businesses of the Whitsundays have very kindly donated bedding, towels, clothes, medical supplies, toys, books, furniture, televisions, cleaning products, fishing gear, fold out tables and chairs, and we were blown away with one lovely lady who didn’t want to be named arranged five new bar fridges from Airlie Beach Betta, Furniture, Bedding and Electrical Appliances!”

After being postponed due to Ex-Tropical Cyclone Kirrily, the truck finally left Cartridge World, where the donations had been stored, last Tuesday, February 21.

“We wanted to thank everyone who donated goods or their time and NQ Car & Truck Rentals in Mackay for helping us with the transport, without you all it would not have been possible.”

The truck, driven by Dave and Drew last week, delivered donations to North Queensland. Photo supplied

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