I was once a Queenslander, a term used to describe a person staying in the Queensland, Australia.
For 4 years, I was studying at the University of Queensland and I belong to a special/unique group of international students that studied in 3 different campuses, Gatton College, Ipswich Campus and St Lucia Campus. Over my 4 years there, many many great, wonderful and exciting memories, some of the best years, lots of learning, experiencing living overseas and making many new friends from all over the world and of course, Aussie mates !
Immersed in the Aussie culture, lifestyle, laid back and outdoors, BBQ with lots of beer, drinking lots of wine, playing rugby league with boys, watching footie action and supporting Brisbane Broncos, Queensland Reds and Brisbane Lions ! Going to Ekka a.k.a Royal Queensland Show, bringing family members, relatives and friends to the sunny Gold Coast like a local tourist guide. Oh yes, not to forget State of Origin ! Go Queenslander !
When the news of the flooding hit Queensland, it was kind of shock with the magnitude of the natural disaster, there was huge news coverage and it really saddens me a lot, since I was a Queenslander for 4 years, with some deep roots and memories there. Looking at the places that I stayed during my stay there, it’s probably partially submerged by now (hopefully not) and my lovely mates there, especially Glynis and Christine, like family to me, a godmum to me. Not to forget, my good old mate in Gold Coast too, Viv & Olivia.
If you are like me, with deep emotions and connections with Queensland, more news can be found on News.Com.au – Online News from Australia and in-depth 24-7 Flood Info Centre coverage of the Queensland flooding !
Appeal for donations have been ongoing and if you are able to donate to the Flood Relief Appeal Fund, do drop by the Queensland Government Website Flood Relief Appeal here for more details !
Let’s all put our efforts together and help the Queenslander !