Her idea was a collection of stories from people who were either in the midst of or helped after Cyclone Yasi.
Her book "The True Spirit of Cyclone Yasi" as she puts it :
"is an inspiring compilation of personal stories, journal entries, poems, quotes, photos, and drawings from contributors of all ages as they reflect on the impact Yasi had on their lives – laughter as well as pain – fear as well as courage.
We hear from the people who stayed to see it through; from those who heeded the dire warnings and attempted to escape; from friends and family who sat in apprehension through the night texting their loved ones with updates, and from the many wonderful people working in the support services.
Their stories touch the human spirit. They show how strong we can be when asked to deal with pain and loss, disaster and devastation. And how we can overcome our personal fears and discover our humanity in banding together against adversity."
I contributed a short piece on the Blaze Aid work at Tully and the experience I had during the clean up and even shared some photos. And now making a long process sound quick, easy and painless here we are.
On the one year anniversary of Cyclone Yasi hitting the North Queensland coast 'The True Spirit of Cyclone Yasi" began its launch tour of Queensland towns which will continue into March. As one of the contributing authors, I'm a bit sad to be missing all the press and book signings but I guess its more about being part of something and sharing my story with others. In photos from the publisher my camp leader at Tully is present so there's someone already representing Blaze Aid at the book signings.
|My Blaze Camp Leader Eugene along with Red Cross Volunteers at the book launch|
The True Spirit of Cyclone Yasi can be bought from Life Love Laughter Ink and was commended by the Queenland Premier Anna Bligh. (read her message here). As of March 2013 the book had received a nomination for a North Queensland Arts Award so fingers crossed.