QLD Flood Victims Need your Help

January 16th, 2011

In response to the QLD Floods, SpaceOut has launched a new section of the site – called HelpOut (http://helpout.spaceout.com.au) – aimed at getting help to those people affected by flood.

SpaceOut is very good at hooking up people who have something, with those that need something. HelpOut extends on this functionality, and helps local communities help themselves, by assisting the people who really need it.

We have already had a fabulous response – with hundreds of listings offering help. However, we currently have very few listing from people seeking help, as many of the flood victims are still without power/internet, and are busy dealing with other issues.

Help Wanted Listings are being taken up very quickly – evidence that people are keen to help, but need guidance as to how, where and when they can provide assistance.

Now and in the coming weeks and months, home and business owners affected by flood waters will continue to need assistance, in many different ways to put them on the road back to a normal life. The types of assistance required is going to become clearer as the massive coordinated volunteer programs wind down, and new, more localised and specific needs for help become apparent.

HelpOut is perfect for putting people offering help, in touch with those needing it – within their own local communities.

What Can You Do?

Obviously you should donate to the Flood Appeal if you can afford to. You should also get involved in volunteer programs (through Volunteering QLD for example). But one of the best ways you can make HelpOut as effective as possible, is to simply spread the word – particularly to those people who have been directly affected.

To help spread the word you can do any (or all) of the following :

  • Email a link to this post to friends, family, colleagues and contacts, or pick up the phone and tell them about it.
  • If you have friends or family directly affected by floods, consider posting a listing on HelpOut on their behalf (it’s free)
  • Talk about HelpOut on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter (we’ve added Facebook Share and Tweet buttons to the HelpOut site to make this easier for you)
  • Download, Print off, and post up this Flyer in your workplace or around your local community, and in particular around flood affected communities
  • Phone up talk back radio and contact you mates in the media to let them know about this free service
  • Let us know of anything we could do to improve or promote HelpOut

We are confident, that with the support of SpaceOut members, and the community in general, that HelpOut can make a significant impact in flood affected communities on the road back to normality.

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  1. January 21st, 2011 at 08:01 | #1

    My best friend lost everything in this flood, I’ve managed to rally up quite a bit- but am down to the following- I’ve already organised storage and a truck to pick everything up.

    2 x double beds (Inc frame or base)
    Washing machine

    Also their place was covered for flash flood not rising so if anyone can help fix the house it would be amazing!!!!!! The house was in Lincoln st oxley- and it reached all bar 10cms of the roof!!!!!!! Obviously bellinda and her flat mate James are beyond distraught! Hence why I am taking it upon myself to make things as easy as possible!!!

    Praying someone can help
    Fingers crossed

  2. January 25th, 2011 at 08:38 | #2

    Hi Melissa I am so sorry to hear of your friends loss …….my daughter and I have flown up from sydney to offer help to the flood victims………give me a call if there is anything I can do 0403584304 Petra

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