Club aids cyclone victims

By SALLY GORDON

THE plight of thousands of North Queensland residents displaced and taking to the streets in search of normality after Cyclone Larry is not being ignored.

Towns and cities around the country are opening their wallets to deliver a slice of compassion to areas worst hit by the category-five Cyclone Larry.

The Grafton District Services Club (GDSC) has agreed to donate $5000 to help victims who have been left without homes, jobs and food after the March cyclone.

Acting general manager Garry Williams said the funds would be forwarded to Clubs NSW as part of a state-wide drive for donations.

"Board members thought this was a worthy appeal. It's good to see a substantial amount being donated to an Australian disaster," Mr Williams said.

"The board members understand what the club is about and what it's there for and this is a good cause."

Devastation in North Queensland is widespread with insurance losses reaching $250 million, according to the Insurance Disaster Response Organisation.

The Clubs NSW appeal is just one of many that have been launched since the March 20 tragedy.

The organisation has already donated $20,000 to cyclone victims.

"It's clear from what we have seen in the news that this is a disaster that will take many years to recover from. It can only be done with a massive amount of money from both the corporate and private sector," Clubs NSW chief executive officer David Costello said.

The GDSC is well known for supporting local organisations.

Last year community programs received $20,000 from the GDSC, and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter service scored $16,000.



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