Life goes on.

With everything that’s happening in my part of the world at the moment you would think people would throw up their hands, scream to the heavens and find a corner to curl up in. But no. Everywhere you look people are pitching in to help. They’re helping family, friends and complete strangers because that’s just what Aussie’s do. In the face of disaster I’m reminded of on of the things that makes this country so great. Spirit. It seems nothing can squash the Aussie spirit. It’s going to take years to recover for a lot of people caught in this weeks natural disaster and some may never fully recover but in the face of that huge mountain they all must climb there are smiles, laughter, a few tear and above all else mateship. For those wanting to help there are numerous ways to do so.

The Romance Writers of Australia have organized a book drive. If anyone can help the details are below.

RWA Flooded Communities Book Appeal

We’ve all seen the devastation the recent Queensland floods have wrought and have wondered how we can help. We know that for many affected families, books will not be high on their priorities list for some time to come.

But…
We also know how valuable books can be in providing time out when reality gets tough.

So…
With the aid of some wonderful volunteers, we’ve put together a Romance Writers of Australia Flooded Communities Book Appeal.

What we need?
FICTION BOOKS! Romance books, children’s books, young adult books, genre books, whatever – either new or in sparkling condition.

Please send them to:
RWA Flooded Communities Book Appeal
PO Box 1717

Noosaville Post Office

Noosaville BC

Queensland 4566

When to send them?
Now! And any time over the next few months. The books will be boxed and delivered to the appropriate libraries/schools/neighbourhood centres/community centres in batches as soon as the communities are ready to receive them. We’ll be liaising with councils, libraries and schools to ensure this is done appropriately. Feel free to pop a note inside, or if you’re an author, sign it.

Questions:

If you have a question about donations, email Jess Anastasi: Jess@jessanastasi.com

If you work in a library / council / community centre / school in a flood affected area, email Rachel Bailey: rachel@rachelbailey.com.au

 

And please don’t forget if you can donate some money to the flood relief fund the details of how to do that are here – http://www.qld.gov.au/floods/donate.html

Rhian

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