INSPIRING: St Francis/Catholic Schools Flood Appeal co-ordinator Kelli Downey prepares boxes of donations to help people affected by the Bundaberg floods.
INSPIRING: St Francis/Catholic Schools Flood Appeal co-ordinator Kelli Downey prepares boxes of donations to help people affected by the Bundaberg floods. Contributed

Appeal organiser overwhelmed by support for flood victims

IT STARTED out as a simple suggestion - to help flood-affected Bundaberg residents - but what resulted was much more.

More than 100 boxes of donated goods (about 10 pallet loads) were delivered to Bundaberg earlier this month to help flood victims get back on their feet and into their homes.

The donated new and quality pre-loved items were collected throughout February as part of the St Francis Catholic School's Flood Appeal, and were handed to the Salvation Army in Bundaberg to help flood victims in the region.

Items included clothing, footwear, linen, books, toiletries, toys, puzzles, board games, kitchen items and general household goods.

After spending more than a month collecting, sorting and packing donations, flood appeal co-ordinator Kelli Downey said it felt great to see the items finally make their way to where they were most needed.

Mrs Downey said she had been overwhelmed by the response to the appeal, co-ordinated with the support of St Francis Catholic Primary School, where her children went.

The Tannum Sands mum said it was inspiring to think so many locals were willing to rally together and help the Bundaberg flood victims.

She said it was not only the school community that supported the cause, but many others who had no involvement or affiliation whatsoever with the school.

"I had people dropping off a car load of donations," Mrs Downey said. "People really gave what they could. Their generosity is inspiring."

Mrs Downey said she was grateful to those who donated to the appeal or assisted her throughout its duration.

She said she would particularly like to thank Gladstone transport company Followmont Transport, who kindly donated their services to transport the items down to Bundaberg, and local women Donna Cottee and Kathy Harrip, who volunteered their time to put the donations on pallets.

"A special mention must also go to Gladstone Salvation Army for transporting the goods into Gladstone and to Kathy Barker and Richelle Brilliant who gave up many mornings to assist with the appeal," Mrs Downey said.