Generosity abounds in wake of disaster

The people of the North-West, and Tasmania in general, are well known for their generosity and willingness to pitch in and help.
Nanjing Night Net

It’s usually at times when people have been hit hardest that this good nature comes to the fore.

It isn’t probably something we should be surprised by.

But the tide of goodwill generated by the recent floodshas been something to behold.

The story of Ron Sheehan from Latrobe is one of those which shows just how much people care.

Friends came to the assistance of Mr Sheehan to rescue his belongings from his home as the floodwaters rose rapidly.

But even that wasn’t enough as the shed where they were moved to as soon also under water.

A call for help went far and wide via social media, and within less than a fortnight an old house had been converted to provide Mr Sheehan with a new place to call home.

Up to 50 people volunteered their time, labour and expertise, while others made donations of materials and even food to keep the workers going.

A long list of people wanted to do their bit.

Often these actionsaremotivated by the thought of what if it was me in the same situation.

It isn’t the only story of the kind and generous response to the flood.

Latrobe mayor Peter Freshney has been full of praise for workers from the council and local fire brigade, who went well beyond the call of duty in the early hours of the flood. The same people were still working a week later to help with the clean-up.

Cr Freshney says he also knows of a number of occasions where people hit hard by the flood refused immediate assistance including financial aid, because they knew of someone who needed it more.

The coast’s musicians also came to the fore on Sunday, turning their talents into more than $17,000 for the flood appeal with their Flood Gate fundraising concert. The event came together in a very short space of time thanks to the generosity of many such as Pier 01 owner Matt Waller and his staff who donated their time, venue and expertise for the event.

The work to recover from the floods is far from complete.

But for those who have been hit, it must be reassuring to know they are in a community which is happy to step up and help wherever they can.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.


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