Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Indian on Student Visa Quick to Offer Help to Flood Victims

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Indian on Student Visa Quick to Offer Help to Flood Victims

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WHAT with the unimaginable disaster that has struck so many Queenslanders in this past week, naturally the news has concentrated on the catastrophe.

So many people are contributing money and their time to care for and help clean up the homes of the victims.

Channel Nine's Telethon is proof of that, raising more than $10 million.

I was touched to receive a text message from an Indian man studying in Australia and working as a security guard from midnight to dawn.

I gave him my mobile number should he need help with visas etc.

I met the man briefly, yet this message was obviously sent to everyone in his phone.

C[pounds sterling]Hope things are fine at your end. We pray for everybody's safety in this hour of challenge. Please let me know if you have any friends or family who needs any help, Regards, Pratyush.C[yen]

I will be giving Pratyush a call so that we can go out Goodna way to lend a hand.

I THINK we are all agreed that I was lucky to pick up another job that didn't entail saying, C[pounds sterling]do you want fries with that?C[yen] or pointing a torch and telling people where to park at the Entertainment Centre.

I started on air at 98.9 and lasted two days.

Not because the breakfast show wasn't fun, it was more the fact that the floodwaters rose to the second storey of their building at Yeronga.

Thanks to 96.5 Family FM at Alderley, we will be broadcasting from a caravan in their car park from Monday.

Isn't that just another example of one Queenslander helping another?

I WAS, unfortunately, one of thousands of motorists stranded on the Bruce Highway just south of Caboolture on Tuesday.

Luckily for me, I made it to the BP service station where there were at least toilet facilities, food and drink.

I sat along with mothers, fathers, students, tradesmen and families for four-and-a-half hours. …

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