Sunday, February 6, 2011

Writers on Rafts - Get Involved!

Many of you would know that Queensland, Australia, recently experienced major flooding. Three-quarters of the state has been declared a disaster zone. Early estimates show that the floods caused $55 million worth of damage.

My heart goes out to all the people who were effected by the floods and also Cyclone Yasi (which soon followed the floods). I can't imagine what these people have been through, and are going through. My heart reaches out to them with love and best wishes.

Which brings me to the positive side of these types of disasters. Yes, there is always a positive. And that is the way people come together to help each other. You can guarantee that people will pull together and that those in need will receive the love, support and help they require, and often from strangers.

Like hundreds, if not thousands of people, I don't personally know anyone who experienced loss or damage as a result of the Queensland floods. But that doesn't matter. I'm helping anyway. Humans, animals and the environment suffered and that does personally affect me. My fellow humans, animals and planet! So I'm taking action to help. Only in a small way. A small way adds up, though, when enough people do their little bit. A small way can become huge!

One way I'm helping is by donating my time and books to an initiative from the Queensland Writers' Centre called "Writers on Rafts".

Please enter QWC's competition to raise money for the Queensland Premier's Flood Relief Appeal. Writers on Rafts entrants choose a prize from their chosen writer from a fantastic pool including a writing mentorship, an author visit, a stack of signed books, or a character named after them in their writer's next book. Entries are open to anyone in Australia so be sure to forward this news to your Aussie friends.

The financial goal of Writers on Rafts is $20,000. Entries close on 25 February 2011. Visit to enter and share with your friends.

Thank you! Let's see what we can do to help our fellow humans, animals and our wonderful planet. As always, people come together in times of trouble and need. We're united and will always help each other. It's a shame, though, that we often need these natural disasters to show how people can help each other. We should be helping each other, anyway, in our daily lives. Besides donating to the Queensland Premier's Flood Relief Appeal why not help someone today? A small way can go a long way!

I wish you all the best,
Robyn Opie

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