CLIMATE EXTREMES: Sarah Stone and Roma Lions Club member David Knowles are calling for donations to Desert Rains to Flooded Plains.
CLIMATE EXTREMES: Sarah Stone and Roma Lions Club member David Knowles are calling for donations to Desert Rains to Flooded Plains. James Liveris

Bringing relief from desert plains to the flooding rains

TWO women have teamed up with Lions Club Roma to bring relief to everyone affected by flooding rains in the desert plains.

Sarah Stone and Dian Mckay have organised a fundraiser called Desert Plains to Flooding Rains Fun Day on May 25 at Bassett Park, which will include market stalls, live music, food vendors, rides, petting zoo, raffles and more, with all money raised going to households and businesses affected by the floods in northern Queensland.

In addition to the fundraiser, Terry Sheen from Roma Space and Storage has donated a container the women are hoping to fill with household goods such as furniture, groceries, clothing, toys and books, which will be sent to outback families in need.

Mrs Stone said the project would not be possible without the help of the Lions Club.

"Without them we wouldn't have people in those communities able to distribute the goods and the funds that get donated,” she said.

"We figured rather than hand a cheque over, we would have people on the ground making a physical check list of who's been affected and what they need.

"And with the donations, we will take anything, because these people have lost everything and it all counts.”

Lions Club Roma member David Knowles said they were more than happy to help out because they have five bases in northwest Queensland.

"Lions are always going to be involved in anything community, it's what we do.”

Donated smaller grocery items can be dropped off at Be Beautiful Salon at Roma Plaza.

Monetary donations and collection of larger items for the container can be arranged by phoning MrsStone on 0413130434.


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