“They deserve a medal” – those are the words of Gold Coast Titan Kevin Proctor after visiting emergency service workers, rural firefighters and volunteers who have been battling the devastating fires in the Gold Coast hinterland.
Proctor and fellow senior Titans player Shannon Boyd visited the Canungra Showgrounds yesterday, to say thank you to our hardworking crews.
The pair also delivered donations of water, food and clothing for members of the community who have lost everything in the blazes.
Speaking from the Canungra operations base, Proctor said he was in awe of the community spirit being shown by the volunteers and emergency services staff.
“These guys look knackered. We have just come here to try to pick up their spirits as much as we can, and do our part for the community,” he said.
“But these guys deserve a gold medal. They have been going to 12 days straight. It is unreal to see.”
Boyd, a resident of the nearby rural suburb of Guanaba, said the devastation of the bushfires was a little too close to home.
“We have had a bit of a burn that has been at the back of our hill, which was only about 2km away, so it was nice and close,” Boyd said.
“There has been plenty of fire trucks going about here, there and everywhere. It has been a hard time for them.
“There are a lot of sad faces, but they are doing the best they can to try to get their spirits up around here, and that is good to see.”
Boyd and Proctor also made a visit to Canungra State School to put some smiles on the faces of those in the school’s rugby league program.
Canungra State School Principal Kylie Todhunter said the chance to meet the Titans players and get photos and autographs was amazing in what has been such a traumatic week for the community.
“It is really exciting to have the players here to meet the boys and girls from our rugby league team,” Principal Todhunter said.
“A number of our students were evacuated from their homes, but it is really pleasing for us as a community for us to come together and see that everybody’s homes have been saved by the hard work of the Rural Fire Brigade and the emergency services.
“I think these boys have got the biggest smiles on their faces they have had all year.”