Brisbane City Inc, Queensland, Australia
While the Club was in recess, Sandy took the initiative to assist persons affected by the terrible floods in the Brisbane area in January 2011. She did this on a personal level by providing a ‘listening ear’ at an emergency centre where she worked until the school term began. While cut off by flood waters Sandy assisted by her neighbours set up a gas stove, light and fridge to host a neighbourhood BBQ where she shared food in the evenings. Sandy’s house became a distribution point for Tupperware, linen, school bags and children’s books collected by Quota Clubs and community members from the Brisbane area and New South Wales which she distributed to affected families in the Western suburbs and Ipswich.
After school resumed Sandy, who works as a School Guidance Officer, was deployed to the local school to assist flood affected families. Using her local community contacts from the emergency centre Sandy was able to cross reference the school records with the flood register to identify most of the families who needed support before the children returned to school. She contacted each family and arranged for uniforms and school books through the P & C. When consulted by SPA Liaison, Beris Pritchard to identify the most appropriate use of the Quota International funds Sandy contacted Eduction Queensland before providing feedback. Sandy assisted by distributing the monies generously donated by clubs around the world, by seeking out those most in need who were not being already helped by other means. Sandy personally made contact with individual teachers who were affected and advocated on their behalf to secure $200 each. She also requested $2000 to support the Mc Intyre Centre, a horse riding school for students with disabilities and was delighted when she was able to present them with a $5000 cheque towards refurnishing the cottage used for the post schools option program. Sandy liaised with Milpera State High School and was able to present a cheque for $5000 to assist with replacement of library resources at an International Women’s Day event. She also made arrangements for our Club to host a sausage sizzle at the school during Quota Cares Month which was appreciated by students, staff and parents alike. She met with representatives of local churches to arrange a follow up community event. Through her contacts with the local school she arranged for the school oval to be used to hold the event.
Sandy brought some of the needs to the Brisbane City club who donated money and goods. Sandy did not forget these persons, many of whom had long-lasting emotional trauma. She leant a helping hand at the Pamper Day organised by the NCWQ in Chelmer and organised an Pamper Day during Quota Cares month in 2012 for those who had their homes flooded in Moggill, Bellbowrie, Karana Downs and Kenmore. She organised donations of tea, coffee, food and toiletries. Those present enjoyed meeting and talking to other ladies affected by the floods and reported enjoying being pampered with hand and foot massages. Afternoon tea was served and the ladies were invited to take home their cup, saucer and plate which were donated by Quota members and clubs across District 30 as a memento.
Sandy joined Quota in Kingaroy in 1996 where she served on the Board and held the position of President for two years and transferred to the Brisbane City club in 2008. She has served as Brisbane City President and is currently Lieutenant Governor of District 30.