(From left) Gary Fuller, Sally Jackson and Heidi Kuziw collected goods to send to those who lost everything in the Lockyer Valley. Photo Toni Somes / Warwick Daily News
(From left) Gary Fuller, Sally Jackson and Heidi Kuziw collected goods to send to those who lost everything in the Lockyer Valley. Photo Toni Somes / Warwick Daily News

Collection helps Lockyer residents

FOLLOWING the devastation of the flash flooding in the , Warwick residents reached out to those affected in an attempt to show their support and compassion.

Local woman Petra Kuziw co-ordinated a collection of donated items from the Warwick area with the help of her mother Heidi Kuziw and partner Dennis Sanders, Sally Jackson and Garry Fuller and said the response was “amazing”.

She said the treasure trove of goods was donated by all kinds of people from within the community. Some people had purchased new items just to donate them.

“One lady had been given a gift voucher and she used it to get whitegoods. She also donated her own money, and some children even gave up their loved toys,” Ms Kuziw said.

The goods were trucked to Wivenhoe Pocket, near Fernvale.

Ms Kuziw said one of the residents took donations toaffected people who, she said, were very grateful and accepting.

“We took a truck load of what people said they required, and within two days everything had been given out,” Ms Kuziw said.

“Apparently most people were amazed that people from as far away as Warwick would do something like this. People donated kettles, toasters, vacuum cleaners, microwaves and other things. It was good to know the donated items went directly to those affected.”

Winston Goldspink donated his time and truck, navigating his way around the many road closures following the floods to deliver the goods to the flood-affected residents, with Koreman’s BP and the Caltex on Wallace Street both donating fuel for the journey.

Ms Kuziw said Mitre 10, ANZ, Bunnings and Harvey Norman all jumped on board, donating items to the appeal.

“There have been a number of donations that these people do not require so I posted these items on a website for others who need assistance and have had a great response,” she said.

Any leftover in a couple of weeks will be donated to a garage sale to be held by the Warwick Animal Welfare Association to raise funds for animal care required as a result of the floods.

The sale will be held on the March 26 at the former Shaddock and Woods building.

To donate towards the garage sale contact Heidi after hours on 0411 111 406.


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