After the recent wet weather events that wreaked havoc across the Northern Rivers Region of New South Wales, the team at Campbell Construction Co, supported by The Surf Club Mooloolaba and QEBS, banded together with the Sunshine Coast Community to collect and deliver approximately 60 tonnes of donations to those impacted by the devastating floods.
Here’s how it went down!
Ben was born and bred in Northern NSW, so when he received a call from teammate Kenny, adamant that there had to be a way to help those who had lost their homes, businesses and livelihood due to the floods, there was no hesitation to make it happen.
As Ben shared, “If people are in genuine need – I’ll always jump in to help.’
A few phone calls later, Ben, Kenny and the team had devised a plan – The CCC Community Flood Relief Drive – an opportunity for members of the Sunshine Coast community to donate vital supplies and have them delivered to the Northern Rivers Region of NSW.
The response from the Sunshine Coast community and local business owners was nothing short of inspiring. Thousands of donations were made – everything from medical supplies, water, cleaning products, clothes, toys, prams, food, bbq’s and more. Within hours, the Campbell Construction Co Office was transformed into a sea of donations and a mammoth task ahead to sort, pack the trucks and prepare to hit the road.
Members of Campbell Construction Co and The Surf Club Mooloolaba jumped on board, volunteering their time, for what was meant to be a couple of hours help and subsequently turned into 20 hour days!
On the 7th of March, The CCC Community Flood Relief Drive embarked on its journey down South. A convoy consisting of 4 large trucks, 3 large vans and a ute carrying generous donations to the people of Evans Head and surrounding areas.
Ben describes the scenes upon arrival as unimaginable and indescribable.
“I have been to over 30 natural disaster areas and worked in all of them, including cyclones, fires and this by far is the worst. Countless homes and businesses emptied and uninhabitable, with streets lined with endless mud and contents.”
The convoy arrived at Evans Head F111 Museum, where the team unloaded the items into designated areas for locals to come and collect as needed. Trips were then made to Evans Head Senior Citizens Hall to drop off food.
After hours of travelling, unpacking and sorting, the team hosted a BBQ for the community. For some it was the first hot meal that they had in days and more importantly it was a chance for them to console one another.
There was an overwhelming sense of gratitude from the locals in appreciation for what the Sunshine Coast Community had contributed during their time of need.
As the clean-up continues across Northern New South Wales, and these communities begin to rebuild their lives, Ben is reaching out for more help.
“It’s going to be a long slow slog for them, they need so much more support.”
Next month, Campbell Construction Co are planning a second donation run, this time the list of items will be different due to the changing needs of the impacted communities. Keep an eye out on our social media for further details.
We once again thank the Sunshine Coast community and businesses who so generously donated much needed goods.
Mooloolaba Surf Life Saving Club
Your Mates Brewing Co.
One Pure Water & JT’s Coconut Essence
Regan from White’s IGA
Homestyle Bakery Sunshine Coast
Westlawn Finance Ltd
Diamond Partners Wealth Management
QEBS – Builders Warehouse
92.7 MIX FM
91.9 SEA FM
The Happy Snack Company
FPM Cereal Milling Systems Limited
Sunshine Mitre 10
Cotton Tree Meats
Kleer Ice Supplies
Mick Best Crane Hire
Amy Bennett and the team from McGrath Coast and Hinterland
Morse Building Consultancy
Rockwall Partners Pty Ltd
Action Construction Equipment Ltd
Impact Wrap Australia
GoTransit Media Group
The team at Campbell Construction Co