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Radio gets truckin' for cyclone victims

Thursday 30 March, 2017

The Townsville arm of Grant Broadcasters, Star 1063 and Power100 are working together providing assistance to those residents of Bowen, Proserpine and Airlie Beach affected by Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

The stations are calling upon the Townsville and surrounding communities to dig deep into their own cupboards and supplies and donate as much nonperishable food, bottles of water and personal hygiene products in an attempt to ease the effects of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

With tens of thousands of people without clean drinking water, food and personal hygiene products, Star 1063 and Power100 are hoping to get these goods to those affected as soon as possible.

Local trucking companies Santa Fe Wridgways and ABC Towing have donated their vehicles and their time to transfer the donations.

The call out for donations started yesterday with donations arriving within an hour.

The Star 1063 and Power100 announcer teams will be joined by the Promotions Manager, Kehley McMahon and Content Director Jason Wolfgram in the delivering goods to Bowen, Proserpine and Airlie Beach on Friday the 7th of April.

“After being on the forefront of delivering information and advice to the Townsville public when impact looked imminent for Townsville, after seeing the devastation Cyclone Debbie left behind was gut wrenching, I knew how easily this could have been the Townsville community and how much the Townsville community would have needed the help also. I was determined to get this off the ground as soon as possible and offer as much support as possible and maybe even bring a smile to the faces of those in need, even if just for a short moment” McMahon said.

"Having been involved in a number of community disasters over the years, it never ceases to amaze me just how generous people can be in times of need. As soon as we got this project off the ground, the Townsville community reacted! We're taking donations from those who really want to help, and providing a "vehicle" between them and those communities effected with our Truck Full of Food" Wolfgram said.

Shane from Wridgways said, ‘It’s just the North Queensland way, I’ll be driving the truck down to Bowen on my first day on holidays, and it’s not an issue, it’s all about getting the people that need help, help."

“We didn’t even have the idea active for more than an hour when we had the team from Santa Fe Wridgways and ABC Towing jump on board, with local business Dawson’s Moving and Storage offering packing boxes for delivery, Crossfit 4810 making collections and local charity Stepping Stone Baskets providing a trailer full of toiletries and hygiene products, the response has been more than overwhelming already” McMahon stated.




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