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Gym bending over for flood victims

Monday, 17th January, 2011

BH Gymnastic Club and Kindergym members “manning the fort” to help locals when they bring in their donations. (From left) Mercedes Tonkin (11), Mackenzie Evans (12), Cohen Tonkin (5) and Tayla Solomon (12) BH Gymnastic Club and Kindergym members “manning the fort” to help locals when they bring in their donations. (From left) Mercedes Tonkin (11), Mackenzie Evans (12), Cohen Tonkin (5) and Tayla Solomon (12)

Locals are banding together to help raise funds for the victims of the Queensland flood disaster.

A number of businesses and sporting clubs are raising money, and even the children from the Broken Hill Gymnastics Club and Kindergym are holding a clothing and toy drive to raise funds.

Zoe Tonkin, head coach and secretary of the club, said all the children had been talking about the floods and how they wanted to do somethingto help.

"We just decided to have a clothing and toy drive for the victims in Queensland," Mrs Tonkin said.

"Not everyone can afford to give money, so this is a way we can do something. "Anyone who has got anything they would like to bring out, they can."

Mrs Tonkin said the Gymnastics Club, at 25 Central Street, was open on tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am to noon for anyone to go and donate goods.

Once school starts back the club will open every afternoon and all day Saturday. "We are going to keep (the appeal) going until we can get it up there," Mrs Tonkin said.

She said she had spoken to the Red Cross to see if they can send it up to Queensland and she has also been approached by a Sydney trucking company which was eager to help once the roads are open.

"We've had a great response already," Mrs Tonkin said. She also said the 210 members of the gym were eager to donate to the appeal. "We felt toys and things are the last thing people would be able to buy ... the more essential things needed (would be bought) first," Mrs Tonkin said.

The Demo Club along with Hill FM/2BH are also hosting a flood appeal auction on Friday, January 21.

The Demo Club's Duty Manager, Matthew Richards, said this appeal would be similar to the bushfire appeal they held a couple of years ago.

The club will be holding a meat draw and all the money raised from the raffle will go to the Qld Appeal.

The meat draw will include meat and seafood prizes along with drink packs.

The following Saturday, the Demo will ask for a $1 donation to get into the Legends Nightclub.

"We are also having an auction and silent auction," Mr Richards said. "I think in times like this Australians dig in and help people out."

Mr Richards said the club raised over $10,000 for the bushfire appeal. "It was really good to see everyone from town get together," he said.

Lots of local businesses are helping and the Demo Club offered its thanks for all the support. 

If anyone who would like to help may phone 80884477.

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