Valley woman touched by Innisfail tragedy
By EMMA CORNFORD
WHEN Grafton's Di Luxton saw images of the devastation wreaked on Innisfail by Cyclone Larry, she was moved to tears.
As a former Innisfail resident, Mrs Luxton had seen those streets before they were ruined and she felt she needed to do something.
With the help of Peg Mavin from Clothes Pegg, she is aiming to raise $100,000 for the devastated Innisfail community.
"It's just so terrible, what's going on up there, and ... the area is a beautiful country town just like ours. I mean, something like that could happen here," she said.
Mrs Luxton's vision is for the Clarence Valley community to band together and for 100 businesses, sporting organisations or even families to donate $1000 ? coming up with a Top 100.
"It's called the Top 100 Cyclone appeal. A cheque will be presented to the town and I want to get a plaque together for the town which names the 'Top 100' organisations who helped, so they can get a bit of recognition as well."
Mrs Luxton said she hoped people would get behind the appeal and said donations can be made through the Top 100 Cyclone Appeal account at Bendigo Bank. She also wished to thank the Grafton Lions Club for accepting the donations, enabling them to be claimed as a tax deduction.