Footy star to help Emerald

Helping hand.
Helping hand.

EMERALD has been hit with the worst flood damage in generations, but two former State of Origin heroes, including our own Adam Mogg, are ready to help.

Mr Mogg, who now works with Coast real estate agents Property Only, will join with Maroons team-mate Steve Bell, who is in Emerald with his family, including five-year-old daughter Sienna, to come to the town's aid.

Mr Mogg will organise volunteers, a truck and four shipping containers to be filled with Emerald's “most needed” wishlist in response to the flood crisis.

The Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles coach said he could see how much pressure Emerald residents were under and wanted to lend a helping hand.

“I played footy with Steve Bell in Origin and in France, so I have a connection to Emerald, but it's the farthest (flooded area) so I wanted to help Emerald out,” Mr Mogg said.

“I want to help Belly and his family out too.

“I've got mates, contacts and work colleagues to come on board straight away. We've got one truck and shipping containers ready to go, but we want to target what's needed most by the community.”

Mr Bell returned to his Central Queensland hometown so his daughter could celebrate Christmas and her fifth birthday in a classic rural Australia setting.

Now that the town has been flood-ravaged, Mr Bell has reignited his passion as a qualified electrician to help his friends, family and the community.

“There is a fair bit to do,” Mr Bell said from Emerald.

“I'm staying with my parents and (their house) didn't get any water in it but other friends have water in theirs.”

Young Sienna has also been treated to a rare experience, being able to catch fish on the town's main street.

Mr Mogg is now waiting for a comprehensive list from the Emerald council so he can begin approaching groups and businesses to help.

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