Flooding after the recent torrential rains in the Brisbane to Toowoomba region of Queensland left more than 20 people dead, 25,000 people displaced from their homes, and more than 4,000 people requiring emergency accommodation.
The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) in liaison with Ivory’s Rock Foundation (IRF) offered Queensland emergency authorities the Ivory’s Rock Conference Centre (IRCC) facilities in Ipswich as a temporary shelter and distribution site for flood victims.
Fortunately, no significant damage occurred at IRCC as it was outside the flood path and escaped some of the most torrential rains. Nestled in the hills near the city of Ipswich, IRCC has been the site for several international conferences with Prem Rawat. “We feel for the people who are going through such hardship, and want to offer help in the most meaningful way we can,” said Linda Pascotto, President of TPRF. “Making IRCC available is one way TPRF could provide assistance quickly. We don’t know yet whether IRCC will be used as a refuge, but it is available as a temporary shelter if needed.”
TPRF and Ivory’s Rock Foundation are exploring other avenues of assisting in this disaster, such as promoting the Queensland Government’s Flood Relief Appeal. Donations to the Appeal go directly to impacted people and can be made at: http://www.qld.gov.au/floods/donate.html