Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Extend A Helping Hand - The Queensland Flood Appeal
I am a Queenslander, this is a statement I have often made with pride, today it is with desperation, despite the fact that I am one of the lucky ones. I have seen some flooding in my suburb but for the most part my home is safe with only a few minor puddles in the backyard. I have both my parents and my grandparents currently residing with me as they have had to evacuate their homes. I have friends and family all over the state that are stranded and have lost everything. I know people on my plurk that have loved ones that are unaccounted for and I am aware of many other Australian Second Life residents that are bracing themselves as the waters continue to rise. My heart, along with millions of others, is breaking as our state drowns.
As i am writing this, Queensland has now been declared a Disaster area. Some three-quarters of the state is currently being effected in some way by rising water. More than 100,000 homes are without power, 12 people have been confirmed dead with another 50+ missing. More than 20,000 properties in Brisbane alone are expected to suffer major flooding by 4am tomorrow morning as the Brisbane river continues to overflow, engulfing all in it's path and that is only one of a handful of scenarios being seen around this state. More concerning is that most of these people are not covered for flooding by insurance as insurance companies, since 1974, have not offered it as an option.
We are desperate and we need your help. Sanura Sakai, along with dozens of very generous vendors, has put together the Extend A Helping Hand Market to raise money for the Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal, all funds donated to this appeal will be going to help the victims of the Queensland Flood Disaster. There are some truly wonderful items available, many of them exclusive to the event, such as the gorgeous dress I am wearing in the above picture. So please, dig deep if you can and if you can't, please keep us in your thoughts as we prepare for the worst.
Skin: Grixdale / Grixdale - Tegan in Cream by Tyr Rozenblum
Makeup: Kyoot / Kyoot - Fever 3 by Saeya Nyanda
Dress: [W&B] / Whippet & Buck - Queensland Party Frock by Dakota Buck *EAHH Item
Neck Tie: Miel / Miel - Elle Uber Bow by Miel Nirvana
Hat: (epoque) / Epoque - Debutant on Windsor by Vintage McMillan
Necklace: (Caroline's Jewelry) / Caroline's Jewelry - Kennedy Black Pearl Necklace by Caroline Apollo
Hair: > Truth < / Truth - Ava by Truth Hawks
Pose: dfo! / Don't Freak Out - Twiggy Series - You Know You Love Me by Willa Whybrow
Location: World's End Gardens