Timeout for Queensland

Despite the fun I have with Richard Armitage and all of you, sometimes it’s not appropriate. Today is one of those days, and I’m taking a timeout to focus on something more important.

The monsoon flooding in Queensland, Australia captured my attention awhile back, and in recent days, I’ve begun to realize the magnitude of the situation. A blogger I follow gave a great overview of what’s going on so that those of us outside that part of the world can gain some perspective:

Rain and devastation
Firstly thank you so much for all the emails received from the wonderful people who were concerned, and wanted to make sure we were ok. I also received lots of phone calls from friends to check up on us. It’s heart warming to know that we are in the thoughts of so many people. We are fine. It’s not even remotely bad here compared to the rest of Queensland.

I started this post on Monday ready for Tuesday Tidbits. I went to bed on Monday night oblivious to the terrible devastation to lives and property in the Lockyer Valley and Toowoomba west of Brisbane. I woke up yesterday morning to see the absolutely terrible disaster and horrendous situation these people had to endure. After the initial disbelief of what happened there I spent the rest of the day yesterday quite teary as I have friends whose family live in Toowoomba and then seeing the flooding that happened between here and Brisbane, another place where people I know live, it was all just a bit too much.
Fortunately everyone I know and their friends and family are all safe.

I am sure you have all seen on TV the footage of all the damage. It now means that 75% of the state of Queensland has now been affected by flooding. To put it into perspective, Queensland is twice the size of Texas, and the state covers a quarter of the Australian land mass.

Read more of Marg’s account here.

There are also some RA bloggers closer to the situation:

Mulubinba

Skully

Mesmered

Ragtag

Please let me know if I left someone out.

This post is to help remind me and anyone else who needs it to keep all of these people in our thoughts and prayers, and hopefully, some of our thoughts and prayers will open some pocketbooks.

Some places to help financially:

QLD Premier’s Flood Appeal

Red Cross of Australia

And I understand from Mulubinba that Roger Federer also has a fundraising event which begins on Sunday, or today in Australia. Since my Lear Jet is in the shop, I can’t make this one, and I’m confident a few others reading this can’t make it either. I’m sure the Red Cross will still be able to take your money. :D But for those who can make it, this ought to be a good one. The match where Nadal defeated Federer for the Grand Slam just might be the most exciting one I’ve ever seen! And I understand they will rematch in this.

8 Comments

  1. Thanks for taking time out to shine a spotlight on Queensland.

  2. Thanks also from me, RAFrenzy!! xxoo. Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, Kim Klijsters and Samantha Stosur are playing on court as we speak. These charity matches are more fun (almost) than the real tennis!! Lots of other tennis players are participating but as you know I have a bit of a soft spot for Federer … and Nadal isn’t too hard to look at either :)

  3. Perfect comment on the dire state of Queensland. The Premier’s Flood Appeal is easy to donate to and any help would be gratefully received. I’ve heard of aquaintances who have just lost 800 head of cattle, drowned. Grain crops have been wiped out, the salad vegetable industry wiped out, sugar plantations, tropical fruit plantations (mangoes, pawpaw, papaya) all gone. Thousands of miles of stock fencing and farm infrastructure. As a farmer I have focused on the effect this will have on those farmers. Heartbreaking.

    But equally, we can’t forget the dreadful loss of life this week in Brazil, with the same La Nina weather. Again, heartbreaking.

  4. I will never again complain of the snowstorms here, for which we are equipped. Not even the Great Ice Storm of “98 resulted in the devastation we see in Australia. Yes, Brazil is on our minds, and Sri Lanka as well. Perhaps the Australian situation is particularly vivid, as we are less accustomed to seeing such an enormous disaster from this country.

    Thoughts are with you all.

  5. […] Solidarity with our fellow humans and Armitage blogger colleagues in Australia / Queensland, mentioned yesterday by RAFrenzy. Big pieces of Queensland are underwater, and it’s bigger than Texas, which I can say, […]

  6. Nice and much needed post. I would recommend any donations going to the in-country groups on the ground rather than large international organizations the Red Cross. My understanding is that they still have not disseminated all the donations they took from the original Haitian Earthquake disaster. Part of that is the problem’s with the infrastructure in Haiti, but part of the problem is bureaucracy.

    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11015/1118219-82.stm

  7. Such a warm feeling as I read this post and the comments. It’s been surreal watching the updates, and the overhead pics coming on the news. Unbelievable.

  8. […] time I had a timeout was for something devastating in Queensland, Australia. I’m sorry to say that this is something devastating as well. Since Richard Armitage is in […]


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