Community spirit thrives with scones and a cuppa

By Marlene Jennings

IT was a royal touch dearly needed as hinterland communities mopped up after the devastating floods and storms that swept the region in late February.

‘Queen of the scones’ Katrina Odgers baked up a fantastic idea to help feed the hundreds of people volunteering their time to clean up properties hit by the weather.

So Katrina, along with ‘king of the scones’, Martin Duncan, and ably assisted by a contingent of volunteers set about baking hundreds of scones to deliver to weary workers.

Katrina said it was in times like this that individuals could come together to create even stronger communities.

“It is about companionship and especially in times like this we need our village and everyone to look after everyone,” Katrina said, adding the response had been incredible.

“We had people with tears in their eyes.”

The delivery of 300 scones followed a social media callout asking family, friends, and neighbours to nominate loved ones who may enjoy a scone or two.

“It was really interesting that no one actually asked for scones for themselves, it was for someone else,” Katrina said.

Once online requests were fulfilled, the volunteers continued with a neighbourhood drive locating people in need.

QCWA Beerwah President Debbie Ives said there had been so many heart-warming stories of family, neighbours and friends helping each other out.

“It was lovely to feel the gratitude people expressed for this small gesture,” she said.

A $500 donation from Bassett Barks Pty Ltd assisted the community spirited venture.