Volunteers Step Up to Help Flood Ravaged Queensland
Friday, 14th January 2011 at 2:08 pm
Volunteering Queensland has doubled its call centre capacity to cope with the number of calls from people wanting to help out in the wake of the Queensland floods.
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The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that more than 11,000 volunteers have signed up to offer their assistance since yesterday with Volunteering Queensland.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard told Fairfax Radio Network that it’s heart-warming to see Australians working together to help the victims of the Queensland floods.
Gillard said there is a real spirit of volunteering right around the nation, and described the way volunteers have stepped forward to help out as tremendously heart-warming.
Volunteering Qld CEO, Jelenko Dragisic, commended the community for their outpouring of support, and says at this stage, Volunteering Qld is collecting all details of willing volunteers through the CREW (Community Response to Extreme Weather) Register.
Dragisic says the register records the skills, location and availability of the volunteer and Volunteering QLD is linking willing volunteers with disaster management agencies across Queensland, dependent on what volunteer support they require.
Volunteers registered with CREW are currently being connected with opportunities at Brisbane City Council and the Red Cross.
Dragisic says they appreciate both the patience and compassion of willing volunteers and encourage those not yet placed not to get disheartened, the recovery process will take a long time and assistance will be required in many different forms.
Vanessa Codling from Volunteering Queensland told the Sydney Morning Herald they have been inundated with calls from people wanting to volunteer, registering 11,000 people yesterday.
The majority of the work for volunteers will come when the flood waters have receded and the task of cleaning up gets underway.
Brisbane Lord Mayor has called for owners of heavy equipment such as earth movers and Bobcats to volunteer in the clean up of Brisbane’s streets.
People with heavy equipment can email Campbell Newman directly at firstname.lastname@example.org