Posted by: maureenc | February 7, 2013

Ripples: or the butterfly effect

For the second day this week I fronted up at Connected to help sort and pack donations of goods to be ready to transport to the current flood disaster areas.

I came home sore and weary and was not at my best, when the phone rang and a delightful lady wanted to know whether I was still accepting goods to aid the flood (and bushfire ) victims…..

Now, this is where the ripple effect starts.

A week back, I emailed friends in my bookclub (we meet monthly in the local library) to see if they could donate goods

. One friend works at Blue Care, an organisation that gives home support to older people in need of help to remain in  independent living.

She persuaded the senior staff to place a message where staff and clinets would see it. So far, I have taken three carloads to Connected..mainly from (very) senior citizens.

Today’s phone call was from a staff member at Blue Care, who with her husband are involved in a local Softball League;

This Saturday, they are holding  “an event”:

“On Saturday 9th February 2013, RLSA would like to raise funds and supplies to send to the people of Bundaberg which as we all know has been flooded for the 2nd time in 3 years.
We would like patrons to bring kitchen or bathroom products, cleaners or equipment that we can send to Bundaberg.
There will also be collection buckets at the canteen and bar if you want to make a cash donation, Thank you for your support.”

Aren’t communities WONDERFUL!

The upshot is, what they collect on Saturday will be delivered to me to take to Connected next week.

I have only lived in this area for six years come February 14, and I thank god I chose to live in such a loving and caring area.

Until you

throw a small pebble into a pond, you will never know just how far those ripples will travel.



  1. I love beautiful stories… there is goodness all around, sometimes it is quiet.



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