Big week coming for flood support

Friday 21 January 2011

Big week coming for flood support


There has been a lot of activity in Port Douglas over the last couple of weeks in preparation of raising funds, food, and other items for the flood relief efforts.

So we thought is was timely to remind people of what's happening around town in the coming days, and how you can get involved.

Saturday, 22 January from 9am, Wendy Porter is inviting you and your family to join her on a walk along Four Mile Beach as a show of support for flood victims.

Leaving from the flags at the Life Saving Club, participants will take a short stroll before returning to a marquee packed with auction items donated by the ever-supportive business community.

Raine and Horne will run the auction, and a donation of any size to take part in the event is greatly appreciated. The list of auction items includes:

Spa By The Sea - swim lunch ladies package
Mylo Heidke picture on canvas
Quicksilver reef vouchers
Plantation Resort meal vouchers
Actin Fitness 'Sexyback' program
Online life coach session
Port Douglas Watersports vouchers (and will also donate their day's profits)
Lynda Hart Miller painting
Possum Beauty voucher
Gardening Port - two hours of gardening

Sunday, 23 January from 2pm, Gregg Buchanan invites you to the Port Douglas Yacht Club to spend an afternoon of fine music and great company at 'Floodstock'.

For just $10 entry you can see some of the region's finest musical acts including The Tonic, The Walker Brothers, Distractions, The Antipodylans, Los Caracoles, Stu Forbes, The Gusman, and Kim Hurley.

There'll also be a special guest appearance by 'The Ukenator' who'll be helping with the raffles where, as usual, Port Douglas businesses have generously donated some incredible prizes.

Sea Temple, Poseidon Sailaway, Quicksilver, Bistro 3, Salsa Bar & Grill and the Beach Shack have donated over $2,000 worth of prizes from accommodation packages, reef trips, and meal vouchers.

Australia Day, the Wildlife Habitat are donating $1 from every entry on Australia Day to the flood appeal as part of their 'Prawntastic Australia Day Buffet."

Sunday, 30 January from 9am, the Douglas Combined Emergency Services, consisting of members of the SES, Queensland Fire and Rescue Service, the Coast Guard, Police, and Ambulance, are running a drive-through car wash to raise money for flood relief efforts.

Make your way to the Fire Station during the day to give your car a treat for just $5, and say hello to the guys and girls of our local emergency service teams.

Ongoing efforts include the Port Douglas Flood Appeal which consists of local residents who are urging you to throw your time, money, household goods, vehicles, skills, and ideas behind the cause to help make a difference to those in need.

For any information on the Port Douglas flood relief efforts, or to volunteer your time, please call Jenni Wright-Robertson on 0416 946 649 or at

The Wildlife Habitiat is also collecting and delivering animal food and supplies for domestic pets and wildlife affected by the flooding. All donations you make will go to Queensland RSPCA centres.

Port Douglas accommodation providers and residents have been extremely generous in offering emergency accommodation. If you'd like to register your spare bedroom, apartment, or resort rooms visit the TTNQ website. Qantas and Virgin Blue will assist with flights for those in greatest need.

Monetary donations can also be made through the Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal.