Today 250 wonderful volunteers arrived in Silkwood to help residents clean up the village. This was organised by David Hall, a resident of Silkwood and owner of the Overflow shops in the area. Whole families, single people, sailors, you name it and they were here lending a hand. Two of the people that worked on our place run a clearance business and they donated their services free of charge. How cool is that? We even had a couple of Canadian ladies that are here as part of a teacher-exchange programme.
Try as I might I can’t think of words that begin to express our thanks to these selfless folk. I’ll leave it with this: you are legends.
Some pix from the day. I’ll add names when I can find my notebook.
Edit: The total over both days was close to 500. As well as the people mentioned above there were two guys from Thursday Island who had never been to mainland Aus before and one guy who carried fallen logs in his wheelchair. Yes, that’s correct, a wheelchair.
Special thanks too to Craig and Craig who work in PNG Monday-to-Friday and gave up their weekend off to help out. There’s a couple of cold ones with your names on waiting at the Silkwood Hotel.
Edit 2: I now have my notebook again so here are the good people that helped clear the debris from our place:
- Hayley and Craig Read
- Lisa and Shelby
- Rob Graafland
- Rob, Annie and Blake Lemmey
- Rachel and Jeremy White of What A Load Of Rubbish
- Ben Loftus
- Andrew Evans
- Glyn Wakeman
Edit 3: It’s almost a year and I still haven’t sent those emails. I’ll remedy that today.