Friday, January 14, 2011

On a serious note...

Just a very short and picture free post today. Many of you know this, but for those who don't I live in Brisbane, the capital city of the state of Queensland, which is in Australia. Over the past few weeks, much of Queensland has been subjected to massive flooding, and this week Brisbane itself flooded - something that hasn't happened since the horrific floods of 1974. Huge parts of the city were submerged, and now the flood waters are dropping leaving people's lives in ruin. So far 16 people and countless animals have lost their lives, with many still missing. It is not over yet, as flooding continues in the southern part of the state and into northern New South Wales.

Thankfully I live in a part of Brisbane than has not been touched by flood waters, something I am incredibly thankful for. I thank all of you who sent texts, emails and tweets to make sure I was OK.

I'm including two links here if you would like to make a donation to help, no matter where you might be.

The Premier's Flood Relief Appeal is raising money to help Queenslanders affected by the flood. Many people have lost their homes and their businesses, and these people are starting the long and heartbreaking process of cleaning up and rebuilding. Emergency accomodation, food, clothing, cleaning... all things that your donation can help with.

The RSPCA Queensland needs funds on two fronts - on the one hand they are raising money to help animals affected and injured in the floods on the wider community. However, the RSPCA's main animal shelter in Brisbane was destroyed during the floods. Thankfully all the animals were evacuated to safety, but there is a long road ahead before they can get their vet clinic and animal shelter housing back up and running.

If you have any spare change to donate, we would all be very grateful.

Some information on the floods from Brisbane's newspaper.

A sombre post. Will be back with more food and kitties soon.

1 comment:

Theresa said...

I've been following the news really nervously, and feeling very lucky that we're not getting much rain up here in Townsville at this stage. Glad you're okay, and I hope the clean up goes quickly and the other states copping the rain now can cope with it...