Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Australian Flood Disaster

As many of you would know, Queensland in Australia has been affected by massive floods. The floods have affected 75% of the state, and the disaster area is twice the size of Texas! The death toll so far is sadly at 20, and the damage bill is expected to reach up to $20 billion. Many people have lost everything.

Flash flooding in Toowoomba- Daniel Munoz, Reuters

Many Australian sellers on etsy are working together to try and raise funds to help those affected by the disaster, and there are lots of ways you can help- either by donating an item, buying some cool stuff with the proceeds being donated to the flood relief fund, or by helping to spread the word about these efforts.

The Australian Etsy DUST team has established a shop taking donations from sellers all over the world, with all funds (minus etsy and PayPal fees) to be donated to the Queensland Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal (over $3800 has been raised already). There are new goodies being added all the time, but you have to be quick before someone else snaps them up because things are selling quickly! You can visit the ausdisasterrelief shop on etsy here.

A couple of my favourites from the shop:

Customised Amigurumi Toy by rosieok

Visual Journal Slip Cover by iheartcharlie

The Queensland BrisStyle team has also launched a Handmade Ark Flood Appeal, where participating members are donating proceeds from their sales. You can find out info and browse the lovely things for sale via the team's blog- they have raised over $2000 already!

Picks from the Handmade Ark Appeal:

Follow Your Heart Garland by LittleMaryMoo

Banana Cupcake Soap by warmsigh

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