Bi and I met when we were 12. We were part of the same group of school friends from Yr 8 to Yr 12 and far beyond graduation. I used to go home to Townsville from Sydney to stay with Bi in the big old Queenslander we believed was haunted, Bi was at our wedding here in Tassie. I am blessed to still have that same group of girlfriend's since those days of bad hair, rights of passage, weekend parties, boarding school antics, our first real relationships, broken hearts, fights, make ups, careers, husband's, families. You know these women and they know you, in a way that words cannot capture, you know that while we all live scattered about the country and globe that if push came to shove, and they needed you, you'd be there and vice versa. So this is my chance to try help Bi...
This is a letter she wrote to her colleagues explaining the gravity of the situation her family and others like them, are in, after the Queensland Floods earlier this month. I read this and my heart broke, Bi's family farms are places that lived for us in countless stories over the decades we've been friends, I went to school with her siblings. I think that for many of us we can see the devastation wrought by the rain they'd begged for after 6 years of drought that had almost broken the back of them before the deluge took over but we can't fully grasp just what that means to the individual. If it were you or I it may mean virtual ruin, loss of home, livelihood, security, your animals but then if you're country folk as Bi's family is, station families, way out west, multi-generation, it's literally everything you know, everything you have, everything you've ever built for your children, grandchildren, it may very well cost you your sanity, your sense of hope, your life. I ask you to read Bi's letter, the article about her father in the The Courier Mail and their story, it is the story that is true for many and in some way, small or large, help, donate, whatever you can to organisations like QCWA. These people feel the gravity of their situation is not coming through our media outlets and I don't want to see more farmers losing hope and taking their lives. #naturaldisaster