My students were affected by the floods!

It was a tragedy to discover that one of my students and her family was directly affected by the recent Brisbane floods. These folks are recent immigrants to Australia from the UK, in search of a better life, and have suffered their fair share of bureaucratic red tape over their efforts to become permanent residents of Australia – and Australian citizens. They are not out of the woods yet, and just when it looks like their business is succeeding and that life is looking up for them, the floods have decimated their work place, putting their livelihood in jeopardy and putting pressure on their budget.

Like everyone in Queensland, I want to do my bit for the flood victims, but like many others I want to help those I know. So my donation for this family is five free 30 minute lessons for their daughter. I can’t claim for this donation as I nor they are registered charities, but I want to ensure that their daughter is cared for in the first few weeks of her final year at school. There are many stories like this one in Queensland at the moment. I hope that everyone in trouble has a friend, a neighbour or a relative they can turn to when in need. We know of another family who have lost everything in the floods. We are putting together a manifest of items to donate to this family, as we have a household full of things we don’t need or use, such as a spare fridge, a table and 6 chairs, a bookshelf; and a chest of drawers. We could sell these items, but I’d feel much happier donating them to a good cause.

These floods affected everyone, both directly and indirectly. My heart goes out to those who lost everything, who have to start again. And my heart is sick for those who lost family and friends in the floods – the most horrible tragedy of all.

About Jessica

Dr Jessica O'Bryan PhD is an educator, researcher, singer and author. Her next book on Musical Theatre Education and Training will be published in 2020 through Routledge. Her last book was Teaching Singing in the 21st Century (2014, Springer). She lives in Brisbane in a semi-renovated 20s Queenslander home with her husband, Dougal the Groodle, and all the single ladies (Poppy the Groodle, Lucy the Cat, and the chooks).
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