QI of Bundaberg Inc., Queensland, Australia
Our Quota Cares Month project
Quota Bundaberg cares for flood victims: In late January, Bundaberg & District suffered the worst flooding (caused by cyclone rain) in our cities history. Thousands of homes, many farms, businesses, community facilities and several schools were severely damaged. Many remain displaced, having lost their entire home contents or livelihoods. Mass evacuations, with little warning, often by helicopter or boat, became necessary. After the cleanup, re-establishment begins with Quotarians support. During March, Bundaberg club with the financial support of Quota clubs and members from Robina, Coolum Beach, Taree, Brunswick Valley, Redcliffe, Wynnum/Manly, Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast and others, rallied to provide assistance. The club was able to provide items including sheeting, vouchers, uniforms, school library books, sports equipment, electrical items and also junior sports fees for those affected, as well as assist with other school supplies.
How did our QCM project benefit our community?
Individual recipients received a “Quota – We Change Lives” mug in their “Quota” calico bag at the time of presentation of their support items, as a keepsake reminder. Newspaper photograph has been arranged of school principal receiving funds for replacement books and sports equipment, and photos of the other donations occurred. Most recipients were keen to know more about Quota, with one lady to date expressing potential membership interest. The rescue helicopter service played a vital role during the floods, and our club was able to hold a cent sale in March to raise funds for them. This was extremely well attended as people wished to support and acknowledge the assistance received providing great club publicity.
How did our QCM project benefit our club / members?
No-one in Bundaberg can be isolated from the emotional toll this disaster has had. Members opened up their homes to take in families in need and helped with cleanups. One member organised to be a drop off point for bedding manchester. Another member baked (a club member specifically recalls coming home from a tiring day spent washing mud off a friends home contents , to find a Quotarian “angel” waiting with a home cooked meal for her and affected families temporarily in residence). Members acted as a team to distribute to and identify those in need. Club morale was boosted in knowing the greater Quota community was available to support our clubs endeavours, indeed a disaster of this magnitude brings the community together as it displays its resilence on the “road to recovery” from this overwheming event.
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