Scouts to the rescue during Australian floods


A pair of UK Scout Leaders managed to track down two missing friends with the help of the Australian Scouts during the recent floods.

Scout leaders Nigel and Sheila from Liphook have been friends with Danny and Stacey from the town of Toowoomba in Australia for over ten years. They were horrified to see on the news that Toowoomba was right at the heart of the disaster zone during last month’s floods.

They tried to call and email to check that Danny and Stacey were safe, but when they didn’t get any response, the couple had to use their imagination.

'Scouts sent someone round within four hours'

‘I trawled the Internet trying to find a way to find out about them,’ said Nigel, ‘and found the Toowoomba Scouts website.

‘I was able to email the Scouts, and within four hours they had sent someone round to Danny’s House to check. They found out that he and his family were fine.’

Fortunately, Danny and Stacey live a couple of miles out of town, so the visiting Scouts found their home undamaged, apart from a water collection unit that had washed away.

Grateful to Australian Scouts

Other parts of Toowoomba were not so lucky, but Danny has reported that the town is already making ‘a remarkable recovery’.

A relieved Nigel said,

‘We are so grateful for the link across the world that Toowoomba Scouts provided – we’ve contacted them to say a big thank you.’

Elsewhere in Queensland

Scout Headquarters in Brisbane were also seriously damaged in the flooding, and initial assessments suggest that the two-storey building will have to be almost completely rebuilt.

The computer servers were moved to safety before the worst of the flooding, but most of what was left behind was badly damaged.

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