Helping hand for Townsville locals

How RACQ Foundation helps flood-ravaged groups get back on their feet.

As Townsville continued to rebuild after floods devastated the region in February, RACQ Foundation volunteers recently spent a week providing hands-on help to community groups doing it tough.

The group of 30 volunteers, which included RACQ Roadside Assistance mechanics, worked across the region and fixed machinery and infrastructure destroyed in the disaster.

RACQ Foundation spokesperson Lucinda Ross said the team was proud to be able to assist locals in the rebuild.

“Sporting clubs and community organisations are the heart and soul of this region, and we saw this as an opportunity to help boost morale and get the community back on its feet,” Ms Ross said.

“We worked with Connecting Communities Australia and Townsville City Council to find members of the community who were really in need of help. We did everything from repairing and servicing machinery to gardening, fencing and painting club houses.”

Funding applications for 17 Townsville community groups had also been approved, with the support valued at more than $600,000.

RACQ Foundation Chairman and Townsville resident Fay Barker said she had witnessed first-hand the devastating impact the wide-spread floods had on many organisations’ ability to deliver important services in their communities.

“As a local, I know many organisations are struggling after being hit hard in the floods and we want to see these groups get to doing what they do best – providing vital services for their communities,” Ms Barker said.

“Groups can still apply for funding on RACQ Foundation’s website up until 14 June. So, if you know of a group that’s struggling following the floods, urge them to apply.

“The funding is open to all types of organisations, from BMX clubs to childcare centres – many of which are the backbone of regional Queensland communities.”