01.23.11 Personal

Australian Flood Relief Auction

couple weeks ago, I received an email from my good Aussie friend, Katie. She informed me her hometown of Toowoomba made international headlines when it was hit with flash floods, what the media was referring to as an "inland tsunami" leaving thousands without homes and a growing death count. My heart broke and I immediately recalled the feeling of seeing fellow Americans struggle during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

A photo from Ipswich (courtesy of Dave Hunt of AAP)

Grantham (courtesy of News Limited photographer John Grainger)

A photo from Grantham since the waters have subsided (courtesy of News Limited photographer John Grainger)

I'm leaving for Brisbane in a few weeks and I received word the city was hit extraordinarily hard when the Brisbane river breached its banks. The Hair of the Dog Conference is hosting a silent print auction and proceeds will go directly to Premiers Disaster Relief Appeal, so if you're in the area on Saturday night at the HOTD please consider bidding.

If you're a non-Australian reader and would like to donate to relief efforts, you can do so directly HERE.

My thoughts and prayers are with those dealing with the aftereffects...
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simmone - amazing of you to bring this to americans attention... horrible thing for them to go through and theyre about to be hit by a level 5 cyclone... good luck queensland!!!   02.01.11 - 9:02pm
Agi - You are a beautiful person, Jasmine!  01.27.11 - 1:20am
Cindy Habel - Thanks Jasmine for caring about our country. We lived just south of Toowoomba for about 10yrs...can't believe the devastation of the flooding there and in south-east Qld.....thinking of all who are affected. So excited to be attending HOTD.  01.25.11 - 6:03am
Stacey - Watching these scenes unfold on TV and hearing stories about the tragedy and triumph of my fellow Aussies bought tears to my eyes everyday, and reading your blog bought the tears about again! Thanks for caring and reaching out from your part of the world to ours Jasmine! xxx  01.25.11 - 2:42am
natalie - So sad! The flooding has effected thousands, thanks for caring and posting this serious topic.   01.24.11 - 5:37pm
Nicole - Thank you Jasmine for thinking of us in Queensland, and bringing us to the attention of your readers. The last few weeks have been an extraordinary, surreal and absolutley heartbreaking experience. It does the heart good to know that there are others on the other side of the world thinking of us. So excited to know that you will be in my hometown of Brisbane, in the next week or two. I wish so much that I was able to come see you at HOTD... perhaps life will let me meet you in the future.  01.24.11 - 4:14pm
LEOLAK - Wow...I will definitely make a donation. Wishing the best to all of you and and your families through this trying time.   01.24.11 - 7:15am
Fiona - It breaks my heart seeing these pictures of my hometown. Thank you Jasmine & everyone else for your means so much! x  01.23.11 - 10:06pm
Jasmin - Thankyou for highlighting this to your readers. We've all been struggling with ways we can help our fellow Aussies. This coming Wednesday is 'Australia Day' and you can bet there will be an amazing celebration of our Aussie spirit. Nothing will get us down!  01.23.11 - 7:08pm
Rae - As an Australia, it's so heart warming to see you post this.. THank you from the bottom of my heart :)  01.23.11 - 6:27pm
Chaba Vigh - Thanks for documenting, and trying to help!  01.23.11 - 3:36pm
Erin - Thank you so much for sharing. That is really heart breaking, I hope that we can help. Thank you for the donation link. Can others blog about this to get it out?d  01.23.11 - 2:37pm
brittani - wooww...  01.23.11 - 2:25pm
Paul - Thank you Jasmine and Katie for being a part of bringing the tragics floods here in Oz to the attention of all your many friends. Flood waters continue to "creep" down the eastern side of the country with damage in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. Its a mighty example of Mother Nature's power with thousands of families now affected. Again THANKS!  01.23.11 - 1:34pm
Life with Kaishon - I vaguely remember hearing something about this. Will pray for the country and the families. So sad.  01.23.11 - 12:32pm