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USANA’s Thoughts Are With You

Jan 19, 2011 0 comments

The state of Queensland in Australia has started its long journey on the road to recovery since suffering from the worst flooding in over a century. At the peak of the flooding ¾ of the state was inundated with water with 70 towns and more than 200,000 people affected. Whilst the immediate threat of flood has subsided for Queensland, parts of New South Wales and Victoria are still under threat.

USANA’s thoughts are with flood victims and their families of this devastating natural disaster and the community who are only starting to realise the emotional and financial cost of it.

USANA Australia employees recently held a fundraising morning tea with corporate matching dollar-dollar the contribution of its staff. Funds raised will go straight to the Queensland floods Disaster Relief Fund. Gill Stapleton, General Manager says ‘Our thoughts are with everyone affected and we hope our contribution will make a difference’.

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Paper donation from USANA Australia employees

Below are the common health concerns to keep in mind:

Food Safety
Food that has come into contact with floodwaters should be thrown away. Food that has been in a fridge for more than 24 hours during power cuts should also be thrown out. For remote areas, water tanks that may have been contaminated with flood water should be sterilised by boiling first before drinking

Flood Waters
Flood waters carry mud and the potential presence of human and animal waste, pathogens including bacteria and viruses, moulds, oils and pesticides, even heavy metals and industrial waste. Therefore, try to stay out of flood waters, or wear long boots and waders. Also, make sure to wear appropriate protective clothing to protect you from scratches and injuries during the cleanup work.

With pools of stagnant water in warm conditions, there’s the great possibility of mosquito borne diseases, such as Ross River fever. Try to get rid of stagnant water around your home. If you have a water tank that has had floodwater in it the tank should be emptied and cleaned. Empty any containers, tarps and even the dog’s bowl as they might hold water and become a breeding ground for mossies.

Mental Health

The emotional toll of those affected by the floods can manifest in many ways. Take care of each other and don’t be afraid to seek help. Your local GP is a good place to start.

The support shown from Australians and around the world has been truly heart warming. Donations can still be made online and through many local suppliers.

If you have advice or photos that you would like to share with us, please leave your comments and photos on our Facebook.

How to Make a Donation

Donations of $2 and over are tax deductable.

Donate online
Make a donation to the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal using a secure payment form.

Donate by phone
1800 219 028 (7 days, 6am to 11pm)

Donate by internet banking
The account details for donations are:

Account Name: Premiers Disaster Relief Appeal
BSB: 064 013

Account number: 1000 6800

SWIFT code for international donations: CTBAAU2S

Once your transaction is complete, you should record the receipt number for your transaction. If you do not receive a receipt number, contact your financial institution.

Donations of $2 and over are tax deductable. If you would like a receipt for tax purposes, please forward a request, with proof of donation to:

Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal
C/O Department of the Premier and Cabinet

PO Box 15185

City East QLD 4002

International donations
The account details for international for donations are:

Account Name: Premiers Disaster Relief Appeal
BSB: 064 013

Account number: 1000 6800


Donate by mail
You can post a cheque donation – please do not send cash.

Cheques should be made payable to:

The Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal
ABN: 69 689 161 916

Cheques should be posted to:

Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal
C/O Department of the Premier and Cabinet
PO Box 15185
City East QLD 4002

Donate in person
Donations can be made at:

  • Commonwealth Bank
  • NAB
  • Westpac
  • ANZ
  • BOQ
  • Suncorp
  • St.George Bank
  • Bank SA (Bank of South Australia)
  • Australian Central Credit Union
  • Savings & Loans Credit Union
  • Bank West
  • Australia Post
  • Coles supermarkets.

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