The Road Ahead : February March 2012
MAKES YOUR DAY 9 FEB/MAR 2012 THE ROAD AHEAD RACQ FOUNDATION COMMUNITY *RACQ Members receive 1% p.a. discount off their loan rate. Member discount does not apply to the New Car Special rate. Settlement of the RACQ Finance loan contract must occur on or prior to 31 March 2012. Offer cannot be redeemed for cash or other goods and services. * RACQ282 Members save: Visit racq.com/carloans or call 1300 361 316 Helping Rotary restore HUNDREDS OF RESIDENTS in Ipswich and Karalee were grateful to still have a roof over their heads after floodwaters devastated the region. After all, the roof was all that was left of their flood-ravaged homes. Some erected walls out of tarpaulins while others moved into caravans, making the best out of a bad situation. When the Karalee Community Association approached then-president of the Rotary Club Ipswich North Les Thornton for assistance, it was clear what had to be done. "Because we had limited funds we wanted to make it go as far as possible, so initially we just planned to supply (those affected) with building materials such as dry wall sheeting," Mr Thornton said. "We have been working in conjunction with the Karalee Community Association, Apprenticeships Queensland and Ipswich City Council to help people as much as we can." The RACQ Foundation's funding of $124,000, plus strong support from other Rotary clubs, has enabled the Rotary Club Ipswich North to fix about 100 homes, with another 50 due for completion by June this year. HAPPY THEATRE SEQUEL WHEN MORE THAN a metre of flood water surged through the Queensland Theatre Company's premises in South Brisbane, the damage caused was not purely structural. Like thousands of heartbroken Queenslanders, the actors and other company members saw the fruits of their labours literally washed away and were forced to postpone their production of Pygmalion. It was bad enough that props, furniture and the theatre company's facilities had been all but destroyed, not to mention the extensive damage to its major performance venue, QPAC. The most devastating loss, however, was the company's extensive collection of costumes. The RACQ Foundation's donation of $110,000 enabled the Queensland Theatre Company to replace these costumes and return to the stage faster, so they could do what they do best -- entertain. "We strongly believe that the arts have a role to play during difficult times," Queensland Theatre Company acting marketing manager Tracey Webster said. MAIN PHOTO: QUEENSLAND THEATRE COMPANY CLEANS UP. RUINED THEATRE COSTUMES (INSET).
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