An incredible disaster is unfolding in Queensland, Australia, due to flooding which is being described as the worst natural disaster in Queensland’s history. Rains started at Christmas time and have continued, overwhelming the state’s river system and inundating many towns and cities.
Quota International of Toowoomba, Bundaberg, Gympie, Maryborough, Brisbane City, Brisbane South, Nundah-Clayfield, Ipswich, Boonah, and more Quota clubs in the region are all witnessing the horrific impact first-hand. People around the world have seen on television the unbelievable images of the wave of water that swept through Toowoomba this week. “It came without warning and was gone in the space of 10 minutes, but the devastation left behind is of tsunami proportions,” said Past International President and South Pacific Area Liaison Beris Pritchard. See photos taken by a Quota member in the Quota Photo Gallery in the Quota Express Web Magazine, http://www.quota.org/express/photogallery.cfm.
Entire Quota communities are affected, and members, too. One club president’s brother died when his car was swept away by the floods. District 30 Governor Robyn Brydon said, “It starts to hit home when you hear of those you know.” She reports that a young man who lived with her family for many years is missing three members of his extended family; one has been found deceased with grave fears for the other two. South Pacific Area Director Karen Murphy said, “Search and recovery of bodies from Monday’s flash flooding in the Toowoomba area has been continuing today. It is a matter of searching through the debris of the houses, and checking smashed cars for the people. It is heartbreaking to witness the events, and see the distress on the faces of the people. Truly heartbreaking.”
While the Brisbane River is expected to peak Thursday, the search and rescue, clean-up and rebuilding will continue for weeks and months to come with likely more than 1 million people affected.
With the crisis growing considerably since last week and spreading over Quota districts, Quotarian donations are needed more than ever. The We Share Foundation is now accepting donations for relief efforts from both South Pacific Area clubs and members and from Quotarians around the world. 100% of donated funds will go to direct relief for communities and families affected. Please make your donation by March 1.
From outside the South Pacific Area, please send a check payable to We Share Foundation to:
1420 21st Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
In Australia and New Zealand, please send your check payable to Quota International to:
Quota International Inc.
Attn: Beris Pritchard
PO Box 205
Margate, OLD 4019
You may also use this form to send credit card donations.
International Pres-elect Chris Tracey-Patte, South Pacific Area Director Karen Murphy, and South Pacific Area Liaison Beris Pritchard have developed a process to receive and distribute the donations to best help Quota clubs in Australia with this tremendous relief effort.