For the past several weeks, there’s been rain in Queensland. For the past several days, flood waters have covered an area the size of France and Germany combined (or, as noted in some news articles, an area the size of South Africa). Travel was postponed, lives were lost (casualties are still being found, especially in the Lockyer Valley) and three quarters of the state was declared a natural disaster.
The clean up, which has begun (at least in the state’s capital city of Brisbane), will be of post-war proportions, stated by Anna Bligh – state premier – in a press conference; estimates for reconstruction and clean-up are for billions of dollars.
There are many ways of helping from donating to the Premier’s Flood Appeal to internet banking, donating in person, by mail and by phone (details for different ways of donating can be found here).
Another way of helping is by checking out the qldfloodauction, a multi fandom LiveJournal community that’s been formed for people to band together and help out. Like help_haiti, qldfloodauction is running an auction to help raise funds for the Queensland flood appeals.
What’s for auction?
Fiction (100+ words; various fandoms and original; also, podfics), fanart (icons, wallpapers, banners, drawings, comics, moodthemes), handmade goods (knitted items to earrings to soap to toys, home-made candied items, fannish Christmas ornaments), music mixes (fan or general), beta services, fanvids, poetry, songs, box of Australia/USA (a box filled with Aussie/USA items), BPAL perfumed oils, layouts, fic translation (into different languages).
For more details, click the banner above or check out: qldfloodauction