FLIP SIMMONS: My Country

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

My Country


" I love a sunburnt country,
 A land of sweeping plains,
 Of ragged mountain ranges,
 Of drought and flooding rains,
 I love her far horizons,
 I love her jewel sea,
 Her beauty and her terror -
 The wide brown land for me." 

  -- Dorothea Mackellar OBE

I LOVE MY COUNTRY!

The second stanza, of Dorothea Mackellar's poem, 
describes Australia so exquisitely.  

As Queensland faces such terrible devastation at the hands these terrible floods, I am constantly reminded and moved - by the news reports, and by the growing social media attention - of the generosity of spirit and charity that is shared. 

We are living in extraordinary times and we are surrounded by extraordinary people - whether we know it or not - these people shape our lives and help us to grow, and continue to learn, and prosper, and sometimes... just plain, continue. 

Last year, I was blessed with some amazing people helping me in ways I will never be able to repay - and I will be FOREVER thankful. 

I know I seem to push a lot of charities sometimes, but I firmly believe in giving - It is something that was instilled in me from a young age, by my extraordinary father.

There are so many people and animals needing help right now. 


It makes me truly proud to be an Australian, hearing such brave stories & watching our nation's spirit & support amidst such disaster & hardship.

PLEASE DONATE! As when the water clears, there will be so many in need... And even though they will never be able to repay you, I guarantee you, they will be FOREVER grateful for the love and support.


Click on the images above to donate. x


EDITOR UPDATE: Flip is currently helping to organise a benefit concert to raise funds. 
Keep posted for more details - Most likely to be updated on TWITTER and FACEBOOK daily. 
  

4 comments :

Alex Green - Prospect S.A said...

Thank you for such a moving blogpost!!!
and
THANK YOU for posting the RSPCA link as well... those poor animals they keep showing on the news the horses and lifestock and pets who are family it is just so horrible and sad.
Your right about the brave stories i cry every day wathcing them.
Imagine if everyone just gave a dollar or 5 of them?
it would be amazng.

Anonymous said...

My heart goes out to you all in Australia.
God bless.

Buddy Eternal Holly said...

BEAUTIFUL BLOG
JUST BEAUTIFUL!

Anonymous said...

How do i look on the facebook or the twitter sites for the information?