A daily newspaper in Suffolk showed its support to a community of the same name thousands of miles away in Australia when it was hit by severe flooding.
The Ipswich-based Evening Star helped residents of its namesake in Queensland after it was seriously affected by floods at the start of the year.
With the support of the Ipswich Building Society, the Archant-owned title launched the Ipswich United appeal which raised £14,500, about 22,000 Australian Dollars.
The newspaper told Ipswich City Council in Queensland that it would like the money raised to go towards a community project which could stand as a permanent link between the two communities, which are similar in size.
The Mayor of Ipswich in Queensland, Paul Pisasale, suggested the money should go towards a new building for the Karalee Tornadoes junior rugby league club whose clubhouse was destroyed in the floods.
Star editor Nigel Pickover said: “Within minutes of the Evening Star launching the campaign with Ipswich Building Society, our readers responded magnificently to the dreadful news about our namesake town on the other side of the world.
“We are delighted to be able to support a club that is a cornerstone of its community. If there is any good to come out of these appalling floods it is the way that the two Ipswich communities have come together more than ever before.
“We hope this will be part of a lasting friendship and that one day we can go over to see the club in its new surroundings.”
Three quarters of the families who are members of the rugby club lost some or all of their possessions in the floods – nearly half lost their homes completely so the donation will be a welcome boost for a community still returning to normality.
Nigel added that there were challenges in covering a story on the other side of the world with a nine-hour time difference, but the Star also liased with the Queensland Times’ Ipswich office and with help from them and the club itself produced three pages detailing how the Star readers’ donations had been spent.