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Pharmacy shop owner humbled

JOB WELL DONE: John Neilson with some of the volunteers who helped clean. cont
JOB WELL DONE: John Neilson with some of the volunteers who helped clean. cont

QUICK BREATHER: The crew from BMA share a laugh while taking a quick break from cleaning. cont

FORGET the knights in shining armour, help came in the form of miners for owners of Pharmacy First chemists in Emerald, John Martin and John Neilson.

The Pharmacy First shop in the Coles shopping complex was a complete write-off when it was flooded and when John was able to return to the Coles store, he said there was mud up to his ankles with frogs, fish and stock floating around everywhere and he described the shop as being like a sauna with sewage stench.

“The store was an absolute mess, there was no power and no air-con,” Mr Martin said.

But help came when 10 miners from BMA helped clear out the shop and spent six days at the shop, cleaning it and stripping it back to a basic shell.

“They were a Godsend as we were struggling at that point, they ripped up the carpet, helped moved the shop and take it back to a bare shell,” he said. “They were a massive, massive help.

“The miners turned up with all the equipment - generators, gurneys and a water truck, just assisted with everything.

“The workers just arrived, we didn’t ask them and when they found out Jess our store manager lost her house, they went around there and cleaned it up. She hadn’t had a chance to clean it up and cleaned it out and mowed the lawn. It’s humbling to see the human spirit, very overwhelming.

“I am really overwhelmed by community spirit, it was an amazing show of strength by the community.

“It is something we will never forget, it was touching that they would help in our time of need. Nothing was too much trouble.”


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