Brent chips in to help Brisbane flood victims
Monday, 24th January, 2011
Aussie Rules star and ex-local, Brent Staker, is doing what he can to help the clean-up effort in Brisbane.
Brent, who plays for the Brisbane Lions and lives in Norman Park in the city, said last week he was lucky his house had not suffered any damage from the floods but part of his street was inundated.
I'm lucky. I live on a hill ... about 50 metres down my street was heavily underwater, the local bowls club and a dozen houses were underwater," he said.
"It's pretty scary."
Brent and his fellow Lions have been out lending a helping hand in Brisbane.
The players this week volunteered for clean-up duties at local schools.
"The players are doing their bit," he said.
"Last Saturday we helped out the chairman (of the Lions) Angus Johnson.
"Yesterday we helped shift furniture at Moorooka State School, making room for another school to come in and join."
The Club also held a training session where they asked for a gold coin donation from anyone who came to watch. There was also drinks and a barbecue to raise money for the flood appeal.
"It's pretty devastating to see what has happened ... the impact of the water and how severe it was, was quite crazy to see."
According to Brent, there have been no delays in preparing for the football season and the Lions have been able to continue training.
"(Training) has been pretty good, the 'Gabba is fine and our training facilities are okay," he said.
Brent said he was looking forward to the season and said the "team is coming together pretty well.
"It should be an exciting year ... we have got a lot to prove as a football club."