Queensland Flood Relief Help Project

Posted on 13. Jan, 2011 by in Internet Marketing

We wanted to thank all who have made contact regarding how we are all going up here in Queensland during the flood crisis.

Thank you all so much for your kind and thoughtful wishes and offers of help.

We on the Gold Coast have been very fortunate to have been spared from the flood crisis that has hit such a massive portion of the entire state (75%). Tragically, so many others have not been as fortunate.

We all have family and friends who while safe, have been very much impacted by the course of the last few days and weeks. We have family, friends, staff, faculty members and members who have been directly in the water’s path and who are experiencing its aftermath as we speak.

We are all thinking of them and those people who have lost homes and businesses as a result of this crisis.

We are also thinking of those who have so tragically lost their lives, and for the heartache of the families they leave behind. Ours and we are sure, your thoughts and prayers are with them at this terrible time.

There is such a sense of helplessness that accompanies this when you witness it from a far or even relatively close.

So what can we all do to help?

Here’s what we plan to do – and we are asking for your input and support;

- We are in the process of getting the support of a bunch of internet marketers from close to home, to far and wide to raise much needed funds to help with the massive recovery.

We are putting it all together right now, but to make certain we get the maximum result possible we are going to take a few days to put all the appropriate steps in place.

Just like so many thousands of Australian’s, we want to make sure we can contribute in the most impactful way possible. So please stay tuned in the coming days for an email about how you can show your support.

In the mean time, if you also have ideas for how our Our Internet Secrets community can help, please go to the blog at www.OurInternetSecrets.com and leave your comments on your ideas, thoughts and suggestions.

This is truly a time of tremendous need and we look forward together to helping in a way that has the greatest impact.


Andrew and Daryl Grant

24 Responses to “Queensland Flood Relief Help Project”

  1. Jeannie Barker

    13. Jan, 2011

    Many people have lost so much… their homes and virtually all their belongings.

    When they get back home or re-housed they may still be without the technology that we all take so much for granted today.

    I would love to see a technology drive where people can donate spare / old computers, laptops, printers, etc. so these people can start rebuilding their lives and businesses with the assistance of all those techie tools that feel so indispensable to modern life.

    The potential would be there for some computer companies / technology retailers to come on board to help out too.

    Distribution could be arranged perhaps via one of the community / aid groups currently involved with supporting the flood victims… or perhaps someone in the Our Internet Secrets community may be able to offer direct assistance with this.

  2. Alison

    13. Jan, 2011

    Hi Andrew & Daryl
    I’m thinking that some people might need a hand getting their bricks n mortar businesses back together – even a few days off and some relief staff. Anyone with business skills might like to offer to help out for a few days while they take a breather. Haven’t thought about how that could work yet, but am happy to if it seems suitable. There are lots of us in NSW sending thoughts/prayers to QLD. Kindest regards Alison

  3. Keith Hancock

    13. Jan, 2011

    Steve Essa would be a great connection to have a instant webinar auction going to see cash flow in an instant, he has some amazing quick cash stories, you would know him from traffic summit.

  4. Pippa Carron

    13. Jan, 2011

    Hi Daryl and Andrew,
    Thank you so much for initiating and coordinating a fund-raising effort on behalf of OIS members. As someone who lost their house in the Canberra bushfires in January 2003, I know how comforting it is to realise that people are out there caring and helping. I am happy to help in any way possible so look forward to donating to your fund when it is up and running. I would like to help in other ways too, and have a few of my own ideas, but will wait and see what happens at your end to see where my ideas fit in.
    Regards, Pippa

  5. Jan Smith

    13. Jan, 2011

    Hi Andrew and Daryl,

    This sounds like a very good idea. Look forward to hearing more. Personally, I’ll be glad to be able to buy bread and milk again…Hervey bay has been cut off and there isn’t a loaf of bread or a cup of milk to be bought. It’s a surreal experience to walk into a supermarket and see all the shelves sooo empty.

    I bought 1 of the last 8 self-raising packets of flour yesterday in Woolies. There were no 1KG packets left, only 8 of the 2kg size…now 7 but they’ve probably gone now too. Have to make some Damper today so hope my ‘bush skills’ haven’t disappeared.

    The Bruce Highway is expected to open today.

  6. Barbara Trueman

    13. Jan, 2011

    Hi Daryl & Andrew,
    Re: Queensland Flood Crisis.
    I saw this site on Sweeva traffic exchange yesterday, and thought you may be interested in the content and layout.


    This site is being promoted by several internet marketers in the US, and I am also promoting it on various traffic exchanges now as well.

    I would be glad to help in any way I can with whatever you
    come up with to assist Queenslanders.

    Warm regards,

    Barbara Trueman

  7. Jeannie Barker

    14. Jan, 2011

    A group of 4 writers from Australia have set up an auction on FaceBook and writers from around the world are donating books and services: http://on.fb.me/ezksLO

    Perhaps and auction site would work here too – people donating goods and services for auction, eg. 1 hour consultation, lunch with a celebrity, etc.

  8. Julie Lewin

    14. Jan, 2011

    Hi its Julie here from the OIS Help Desk … Thank you so much everyone who txted, called and emailed to see if we were okay – yes we are. I live in Warwick … its been a tough couple of weeks. Thankfully the floods that have devastated Warwick in the past couple of weeks peaked one house from our property. Awful for the people who weren’t so lucky.

    My husband works as a taxi driver in Toowoomba and he wasn’t rostered to work on Monday. Our children’s home in Brisbane is above the floodline.

    We have been very blessed … my heart goes out to all the people who have been deeply affected by this mother nature tragedy.

    Anna Bligh is my new hero – her leadership through this time has been inspirational … and I agree with Anna – we are bred tough in Australia and we’ll rebuild again with a big heart.

    I look forward to being a part of that recovery effort.

    In gratitude …. Julie

  9. Our Internet Secrets

    14. Jan, 2011

    Thanks everyone for sending in your emails to the Help Desk … I wanted to share them with you here:

    Hi Andrew
    Thanks for your kind words
    We are one of the ones who lost everything
    Our business is completely gone
    However our 15 staff have opted to work for the net 30 days for no pay

    I almost broke down in tears

    We will overcome this disaster together as a community
    And already people are calling and asking how can we help

    That’s the spirit that is going to make a greater group of people

    We will be known for the nation that never gives up and will help eachother brother by brother sitter by sister

    And together we all have drink and say this is the opportunity that brought a nation together


    Todd Schultz

    My response:

    Hi Todd,

    Thank you for your heart wrenching email in response to Andrew and Daryl’s flood appeal email. My name is Julie Lewin and I assist Andrew and Daryl.

    I am sorry for your loss and know that you will come through.

    I have forwarded your email onto Andrew and Daryl – I know they will appreciate you letting them know your circumstances.

    Our hearts are with you during this trying time.

    Kind regards,

    Todd’s response:

    Thankyou Julie
    God bless

  10. Our Internet Secrets

    14. Jan, 2011

    And here’s another couple of emails we received from Sam Patrick:

    Great idea (not mine)

    Many years ago when Qld was experiencing heartbreaking droughts, many families in the city “adopted” a family in one of the affected areas. We as a family participated in this event and a firm bond of friendship was formed. The kinds of things we did was provide pens, paper, stationery etc and also if we saw clothes on special we would get it for them. Many items that we in the city took for granted was amazing for them.

    I am wondering if a similar exchange could take place now. Or even if suburbs could adopt another suburb. That way instead of ending up with clothes, linen, furniture etc not being used, families could get them directly.

    Have no idea of how to start this, but possibly churches or groups could have lists of families and the different requirements.

    Yours in health and happiness
    Sam Beau Patrick
    The Health Queen
    Author, Speaker, Naturopath
    M 0405 669 135
    E sam@healthqueen.com.au
    W http://www.healthqueen.com.au

    My response:

    Hi Sam,

    Thank you so much for your email. My name is Julie Lewin and I assist Andrew and Daryl.

    I have forwarded your email onto our team and they will add your great suggestion to the others that we are receiving.

    All the best.

    Kind regards,

    Second email:

    Hi guys

    Great initiative.

    I had a lot to do with raising goods for the Vic Fire relief – so much
    success that Red Cross rang and asked me to cover the FNQ floods on their

    Lateral thinking is key and rather than asking for a donation I like the
    concept of exchange of goods X (whether it be time, a % , an additional
    service etc) is a better more astute way to go.

    Having said that I have been sitting back thinking of a high impact, low organisational activity that won’t be done by all the amazing people
    chipping in.

    This is what I am milling around in my head at the moment:

    - Golden Wish list (I ran these for bush fire survivors)
    families placed orders – including shirt and pant sizes and we delivered new where possible, or donated goods.

    They received a Golden Wish – which was something that seemed excessive but OK. WE had requests for wallets, make up etc… I would like to see the scale increased = eg donate a white good
    washing machine etc..

    - Direct deposits
    Many people are sceptical about donating to relief organisations and
    rightly so as Red Cross , on average, only gives 15% of money donated to the charity I’d like to see a “direct donation” system where I can give $100 to a family – into their bank account. Obviously this would be hard to man, but doable

    - Lobby the top 4 banks to freeze all affected mortgages and give back last 2 mortgage repayments so people have an income. Also to wipe all car loans – if the car was a write off

    And I need to have a think to come up with some more ideas.

    Free school books
    Rotary might have some ideas or projects going???

    Anyway nice to connect and now I have seen your sight, I will be come a

    Have a great day

    Yours in health and happiness
    Sam Beau Patrick
    The Health Queen
    Author, Speaker, Naturopath
    M 0405 669 135
    E sam@healthqueen.com.au
    W http://www.healthqueen.com.au

    My response:

    Hi Sam,

    Thanks for your 2nd great email with suggestions.

    I have forwarded this one onto our team as well.

    Kind regards,

  11. Our Internet Secrets

    14. Jan, 2011

    Here’s an email we received from Adrian Watts:

    Hi Andrew and Daryl,
    Please help me understand the situation – the last flood was in 1974 -
    QLD had 36 years to prepare that floods won’t do damage – Why was nothing done? Why weren’t drainage systems installed in all towns (people shouldn’t wait for the government to initiate things) Instead of having flood waters cause death and destruction – with drainage systems in place – the water could be stored and used during the drought. Farmers will never suffer another drought! Costs should NOT be a factor – how much is one life worth? 14 people died! – that’s 14 people too many.

    Looking forward to an answer.

    My response:

    Hi Adrian,

    Thank you for your email. My name is Julie Lewin and I assist Andrew and Daryl.

    Adrian … it is utterly devastating. I live in Warwick one of the rural towns devastated by the flooding and there is no fathoming the force of nature.

    The rain was so torrential with incredible amounts of water being dumped in short time periods … I can’t imagine there would be anything we could do to prevent a flood like this – there was no escape for the water.

    Many of the towns have levy banks that have protected homes and people’s lives … so they have been taking initiatives and actions. Wivenhoe Dam was built after the 1974 floods and engineers believed it would do the job. However, this was an extraordinary event.

    It is a great tragedy and I expect many changes to flood mitigation will be made across the country as a result of this disaster.

    I have cc’d Andrew and Daryl into my response to you and if they want to add anything to this, they will be in touch.

    Thank you again for responding to our email.

    Kind regards,

  12. Our Internet Secrets

    14. Jan, 2011

    Here’s another email from Eric Kratzer:


    I copied your msg to our sister website, http://www.australiannomads.com/Floods.html.


    My response:

    Hi Eric,

    Thank you for your email. My name is Julie Lewin and I assist Andrew and Daryl.

    We really appreciate you spreading the word about our Flood Appeal.

    All the best with your efforts, too.

    Kind regards,

  13. Alexei

    14. Jan, 2011

    I am encouraging people for donations by offering free consultations with regards to any web design and traffic driving strategies and gave already managed to raise $350. I think it’s a start, but being in Brisbane myself, there is so much more required.

  14. Andrew and Daryl Grant

    14. Jan, 2011

    Hi Todd
    Andrew and I are so sorry to hear about your loss.
    What an awesome response from your staff – you must be very proud of them.
    Please let us know if there is anything we can help you with from a marketing perspective, as you get your business back on its feet.
    I really admire your ability to see the positives coming out of this devastating event – and I think you’re right – this will draw pepole closer together, and ultimately, Australia will be a stronger nation because of it.
    Kind regards

  15. Andrew and Daryl Grant

    14. Jan, 2011

    Thank you everyone for your fantastic suggestions, about practical and creative ways to help with the Queensland flood relief. I hope as others read your posts that it will inspire even more people to get involved.
    Here’s an update on what we’re doing.
    We’ve contacted internet marketers we know all around the world, and we’ve had some awesome offers of help. Here’s what we’re doing in a nutshell:
    We’ve asked internet marketers to donate a downloadable product that they would normally sell for $100 or more. We’ll make all of the products available on a website, in return for a donation to the flood relief fund. We’ve also asked these marketers to get word out to their customers as well, so that we can get awareness and support globally.
    We’ll be putting up the webpage early next week. We’ll let you know once it’s done.
    Kind regards
    Daryl and Andrew

  16. Andrew and Daryl Grant

    14. Jan, 2011

    Hi Jan
    Isn’t it amazing how quickly things we take for granted (like being able to buy bread and milk) can change? Even here on the Gold Coast, which has not been flooded, I walked into Coles yesterday and was amazed to see the shelves in the fruit and vege, meat and bread sections completely empty! Yes it’s surreal.
    But hot damper – yum! Another silver lining!
    Kind regards

  17. Andrew and Daryl Grant

    14. Jan, 2011

    Hi Pippa
    Thanks for your offer of help. I didn’t know you’d lost your house in the Canberra bush fires in 2003. I imagine those who’ve lost loved ones, houses, businesses and belongings in the flood will be going through something similar to what you went through then. I’ve heard from Paul Blackburn, who did a lot of trauma counselling after the Canberra fires. His comment is that people will really need emotional support in about 2-3 weeks, once the urgent clean up is done. He’s putting together some things to help – we’ll keep you posted through OIS.
    Kind regards

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  19. Craig

    15. Jan, 2011

    Hi Guys,
    Like others have said, we see things like the last week in Brisbane and farther north and we often say to ourselves “I wish there was something I could do”… it is easy to donate money and there are a lot of us that just wish we could do something a bit more personal.. like a one on one type of help. A “Buddy” system. We eventhough, wouldn’t it be good if us other Queenslanders could just foster a pet for a month while the people affected by the flood clean up their house and get their lives back together.

    So what the team at ozBeanz did was build http://www.mydisasterbuddy.com

    We have thrown this site together in a couple of days but effectively it is a Social Networking site for joining those in need with those who can help.

    It’s early days and the site will need some work but not as much work as some of those homes and businesses so we need to start. You can login using your Facebook login… lets hope we can make a difference. Anyone in a business that has not been affected and has skills and time to help, please register and you never know… you might just make a lifelong friend!

  20. Julie Lewin

    16. Jan, 2011

    Here’s another email we received at the Help Desk over the weekend:

    Hi Andrew & Daryl,

    Thought you might like to know that CCCLiVE.TV (a local church in Burleigh) is partnering with churches in the Ipswich and Brisbane area to help with flood recovery. We are providing many volunteers but also funds for the food distribution centre setting up out of Ipswich Region Community Church at Ripley.

    We would love to have financial partners if you have anyone interested in supporting this local mission. You can check out our Facebook page here http://www.facebook.com/ccclive.tv

    Anita Rossow

  21. Julie Lewin

    17. Jan, 2011

    Another lovely email that has come through the Help Desk:

    Dear Andrew and Daryl,

    My thoughts are with you and your fellow Queenslanders in this terrible time of floods. It is just so soul stirring to see the Black Hawk helicopter pilot holding a tiny baby in his arms so tenderly in a machine used for war and to see the human face behind the training. Then to see the horses trying to get on to house roofs to get out of the water and the lovely man that rescued them and lead them to higher ground, and the gratitude of the owner who thought he wouldn’t ever see them again. Such great care and love shown. I do pray that God will protect and strengthen the survivors and helpers. Would love to help but not much money at the moment. If I can be of any help manning telephones here in Melbourne I would love to do so.

    Love and affection from Lorraine Angus

  22. Julie Lewin

    21. Jan, 2011

    The response from people has been inspirational to our flood appeal … thank you so much everyone who has supported our efforts.

    To receive this email from Jennifer today was inspiring.

    Hi Daryl and Andrew

    What a great idea, thank you for organising this!
    I had made a donation, but this encouraged me to do another one and although I have not subscribed to your e-book system yet, it is in my plans to do so.
    I will make use of the material you have contributed here and I’ll see you again at a seminar in the future.

    Kind regards

    Thanks so much Jennifer for your extra contribution.

  23. Julie Lewin

    25. Jan, 2011

    Today we received this response from a member of our community:

    Hello Andrew & Daryl,

    Congratulations to you on the wonderful initiative to raise funds for the Disaster Relief Appeal. I was a victim of the floods in Brisbane and have been evacuated since Tuesday 11 January. The major clean up of the mud and flood waters has been completed and the rubbish and personal items destroyed by the flood waters have been removed. I am waiting for electricity and gas to be restored before I can move back to my residence. I am fortunate to be offered accommodation and have had somewhere safe to stay during this most unexpected disaster and during the extended time I have been evacuated.

    Unfortunately I am unable to donate to this appeal. I am looking forward to do your course next time it is offered so that I can make some money to replace losses incurred during the flood. Could you please forward me the dates it will be held on the coast or in Brisbane if that is an option?

    Thank you very much for being part of the support for Flood Victims


    Andrew and Daryl have helped Michael out by gifting him this program to help him get back on his feet again.

  24. Julie Lewin

    31. Jan, 2011

    Today we received this lovely congratulations email from Margaret:

    Daryl and Andrew
    Such elation! congratulations and I take my hat off to you and your team for initiating this!!! I laughed with glee!!

    Hopefully donations will still be coming in…I was holidaying in Brisbane when this all happened..it rained and rained and did not stop!! luckily I and my family who live up there were not affected but I saw the unreal sights for myself and we escaped the torrent in Fortitude Valley only the day before!…

    God bless you all.

    Margaret Ygoa

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