Friday, June 3rd, 2011
Heritage staff member has personal brush with Grantham devastation

The goal of Brisbane photographer Tanya Love to raise $400,000 for the Grantham community from sales of an evocative calendar has received a major boost with Heritage Building Society coming on board to sell it through branches.

The calendar, which features compelling images of the Grantham floods, is now available at all of Heritage’s 58 branches across south-east Queensland.

Heritage’s branch network covers Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast, north to Hervey Bay, west to Dalby and south to Stanthorpe.

The calendar costs $30 and all of that money will go directly into efforts to help get Grantham back on its feet.

Brisbane-based photographer Tanya had watched in horror in January as the floods ripped Grantham apart. She felt compelled to do something to help and knew that her photographic skills were the best way to do that.

Tanya travelled to Grantham and snapped masses of photos showing both the destruction and the resilience of the local community.

She then turned those images into The Constellations Project – a fundraising calendar featuring the heartbreaking yet inspiring images of the people of Grantham.

With the calendar printed, one major hurdle remained in her quest to raise $400,000 via sales – a way to sell the calendars directly to people across south-east Queensland.

Enter Heritage Building Society, which has volunteered to sell them at each of its 58 branches.

Heritage CEO John Minz said the tragic destruction at Grantham had deeply moved everyone at the Queensland born-and-bred building society

“The Constellations calendar is a magnificent record of the strength, spirit and courage of the people of Grantham. It’s also an inspired way to raise funds that will go directly into the efforts to rebuild this community.

“At Heritage, the reason we exist is to support our members and the communities they live in. That’s why we are happy to come on board and sell the Constellations calendars through our branches, which you can find right across south-east Queensland.

“I would urge all Queenslanders to buy this remarkable tribute to the people of Grantham and raise money to help rebuild the town.”

Tanya Love praised the support of Heritage.

“We have been selling the calendar on-line or through local markets, but having Heritage as an on-the-ground distributor with a presence right across south-east Queensland will be a huge help to us in reaching our fundraising target,” she said.

The Grantham disaster came particularly close to home for one Heritage Building Society staff member.

Senior Marketing Coordinator Amanda Kerle is currently managing the rebuild of her mother-in-law Wendy’s home in Grantham, which was almost totally wrecked by the floods.

The Constellations calendar features images of Amanda’s sister-in-law Fiona and her baby daughter Sharlotte.

“Thankfully our family was spared any loss of life but the destruction experienced at Wendy’s house has had a devastating impact.

“We are still in the process of rebuilding and the funds raised by this calendar will help the town through the ongoing recovery process.

“I love working for Heritage and the support we are giving to the Constellations calendar just makes me even more prouder of the way we do business. This is a perfect example that Heritage really is an organisation that cares about the community.”

To find the location of your nearest Heritage branch where you can buy the calendar, go to

More information about the Constellations Project is available at

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