Volunteers gathered to lend a hand to pack a container-load of goods for those affected by the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan in The Philippines earlier this month.
Volunteers gathered to lend a hand to pack a container-load of goods for those affected by the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan in The Philippines earlier this month. Tanya Easterby

Gympie donates effort and time for Typhoon Haiyan victims

LOCAL businesses and residents donated effort and time to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan at the weekend.

Many hands made light work as bottled water, bags of clothing, tinned foods and other necessities were loaded into a shipping container.

In thirty minutes, volunteers had more than half of the container filled with goods. Adrian Steen of Kilkivan donated his truck and fuel to transport the goods to Kedron in Brisbane and employee Arran Burton volunteered his time to load and drive the truck.

Charlie's Hotel offered their car park for the truck to stop as volunteers and those off the street worked tremendously hard to get the donations on the way to their destination.

The container was filled further with many donations from Kilkivan and Imbil residents.

Imbil Hardware also gave to the worthy cause.

In an interesting side event, more than $800 was raised as an audience gathered to watch as Eunice Lita shaved off Wally Ryan's beard at the Suncoast Gold Macadamias Christmas party. Cynthia Cash said the generosity was overwhelming.

"I want to thank every volunteer, every business and also Adrian and Arran for their support."

There will also be a support liturgy to be held on December 12 at 7pm St Patrick's Church, Church St, to show compassion for the local Filipino community and their families overseas.