As residents of Queensland affected by the floods try to get back on their feet, support from international and local celebrities is still pouring in. Chef Jamie Oliver had plans to open a branch of his Ministry of Food centre in Ipswich, a city to the west of Brisbane that has been hit badly by the natural disaster. The branch was due to officially open in March but Jamie’s program manager Alicia Peardon has said, “We’ve put those plans on hold for now to help get the community back on its feet.” The centre will be offering free dinner between 6pm and 7:30pm daily and will be open throughout the day with tea and coffee for Ipswich residents. In a statement, Jamie said:
. . . I hope that providing free, freshly cooked meals for those who need them most will go some way to helping the local community and relief workers in the coming days and weeks. The people of Queensland are always in my thoughts at the moment.
Similarly, Oprah appealed to her American viewers and asked them to log onto her website to see if they could do anything to help. She said, “It is the worst flooding they have experienced in over a century. Our hearts continue to go out to the victims and their families.”
You can still donate by visiting http://www.qld.gov.au/floods/donate.html.