Monday, January 17, 2011

How one blogger can make a difference…

I've seen so many remarkable things out there in Blogland and this is just one more reason why I love blogging…

If you've been wondering how you can help our Aussie friends as they start to rebuild from the devastating floods, I have a suggestion.

Simone of Beach Vintage, whose home and shop escaped the waters, posted this on her blog today:

"For two years now I have been blogging, and hopefully inspiring you.

Maybe I have given you an idea, or hope, maybe something that you can create, just for you.

This is a picture of my car this morning. I have decided to down tools. My friend Jody and I have purchased bottled water, energy bars and lunch treats. We have no idea where we are going, but we are driving around Brisbane, indefinitely, helping the thousands of volunteers and workers helping to rebuild our city after the floods. 

If you would like to help us I guarantee 100% of your donations will go towards food and water for these people. I will be taking photos, daily, of my crusade. For those who donate and live in Brisbane/QLD/Australia you will go in the draw for a luncheon for 10 at my house, hosted by me, with all the frills [please put "aussie" after your comments today]. For those of you who don't. I love you and thank-you! I won't forget you."

$5 buys 24 volunteers a bottle of water
$10 buys enough bread rolls for 2 dozen lunches
$20 buys 60 Muesli/Energy Bars
$50 buys over 200 vegemite sandwiches!

If you're able to help you can go here to make a donation through your Paypal account.

I have an average of 30–50 visits each week from Australia, so this post is for those readers as well as anyone else who can help. I like when folks take the initiative and jump in to help and this is just the type of person Simone is — thoughtful, caring and hands-on.

Now, I really wished I lived in Australia, because if you haven't seen her beach house, you don't know what you've missed. A luncheon for 10, hosted by Simone? Now that would be an unforgettable afternoon!

Isn't it remarkable the things we've done together? I remember last year when many of you held auctions of your crafts and such on your blog to raise money for Haiti after they suffered a devastating earthquake. We are an amazing community, who have helped so many in so many ways. 

Help if you are able, spread the word if you can or just stop by and encourage Simone and her friend Jody in their efforts…she is a blogger making a difference.

7 Thoughtful Comments:

The Quintessential Magpie said...

This is a great post, Rhonda! You are the best, and I hope you know that.

Love you...


Sheila :-)

Jane said...

Great post, Rhonda. I hope many bloggers respond to Simone's efforts. I remember working in Wylie, TX after a tornado had devastated the town. A car pulled up to the house where we were working, with cold water and soft drinks, sandwiches, and power was NOT the Red Cross, but compassionate people who came to help with basic needs and comfort. It meant the world to those who suffered so much.

Karen said...

THis is what I love MOST about blogging - awesome people doing awesome things -

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Rhonda,
This is so thoughful of you!
What a wonderful post and your right, so much inspiration in blogland and so many ways to help one another as well.
So glad you came by for a visit!
I love hearing from you my friend.
And one of these days I will figure out a way to get back to Florida and visit with you and Sheila!
Hugs friend,

rjerdee said...

Great post, Rhonda! You're pretty awesome yourself...thanks for the opportunity to put down a few dollars for others. I can remember the generosity that flowed toward our pastor in Haiti...we've been working for a year now to help his area get up on their feet...we're buying "farms" for them now...ways to start their own with chickens, pigs, and goats. your new header!

Drawn to The Sea said...

Those of us in storm or flood prone areas have seen first hand the difference a kind neighbor, or stranger with a big heart, can make when you're thrown for a loop by nature. It reaffirms your faith in human nature.

Lillian Robinson said...

The beauty of an e-community is that we can involve so many people with just a click.

I've been watching reports of the devastation. They need all the help they can get.

I love the beach and everything that goes with it! I love the waves lapping at my feet. I love the feel of the sand between my toes. I love the roar of the Pacific and the gentle waves of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. Let's talk about beaches around the world, bonfires, building sandcastles, swaying palm trees, flamingos, clambakes, sunrises and sunsets. If it's tropical, it fits this blog!


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