People Open Their Hearts To Queenslanders

Posted on: January 19th, 2011 by Julie Lewin No Comments

Spectacular Thunderstorm Ends The Day

As I write this blog post tonight … Warwick is totally surrounded by fierce clouds and a spectacular thunder and lightning show. As awe-inspiring as it is … it looks like the bombs going off in the London air raids. And the heartbreaking part is that the storm has made its way to Killarney … where the headwaters of the Condamine River start. Yes … its raining again.

A month ago … I would have marvelled at mother nature’s display, enjoyed the moment, and thought nothing more of it … but tonight I wonder … will the river flood again tomorrow, and what will that mean.

Good News

Today I spoke with one of our lovely Our Internet Secrets members from Ipswich. We had a phone coaching call scheduled for last Tuesday … and it was cancelled because she was packing up her home to save what she could from the flood that was raging towards Ipswich.

The great news is that because the Bremer River didn’t rise to the expected 21 metres – the water came into their yard, but not the house. Then, I was moved to tears as I listened to her talk about the storm that hit Brisbane and Ipswich last night … Sandra had a reaction to the storm that she’s never experienced before. She started shaking all over and was frightened for her husband and son who were being battered by the hail in their car.

This could be a common response in the coming months and years – till hopefully the horrors of the past weeks fade and pass.

Young Australians Make Us Proud

Another bright moment in my day … we had a lovely response to our email asking people to help Queenslanders affected by the floods.

“Andrew and Daryl,

Good on you.

My daughter Laura is on her way driving from Melbourne to QLD, she stayed in Coffs Harbour last night, and is on her way to help with the clean up. Do you know of any where she could stay either around Brisbane or Ipswich as she will arrive today. If you do could you please call me on xxxxxxxxxx as I will be at work, so won’t see my emails during the day.

Thank you,

Love to all in QLD,


I immediately rang my daughter in Brisbane and asked if they still had that mattress! She said, “Yes, why?” I told her about Laura and asked if they would mind if she stayed with them while she volunteered to help Queensland rebuild. My two kids and their flatmate, opened their home immediately to Laura and I’ve just heard that she has arrived … after driving from Melbourne by herself.

After talking to my daughter, I rang Carol and made the offer of accommodation for Laura. From one mum to another … I could tell she was really relieved to know that Laura had a safe place to bed down.

We were chatting about the last week … and Carol asked how we were going … I was surprised to be overcome with emotion and couldn’t speak … and when Carol asked if I was still there … tears streamed down my face in grief at the devastation Queensland has experienced in the past month. It was unexpected and for a moment embarrassing. And then we grieved together.

Young people of Australia are fantastic … it takes courage to drive half way across Australia on your own … knowing that you are entering a war zone scenario when you reach your destination. Not knowing what you’ll be asked to do, or what you will see, feel, hear or smell and with nowhere to sleep when you get there, but compelled to go … more than the pull to stay safely at home.

I have to say that Laura has come to volunteer in Queensland with the blessing of her employer in Melbourne. That’s why they call Australia the greatest country in the world … everyone pulling together.

An inspirational, emotional day … and so proud to be Australian.

In gratitude … Julie

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