Sam's Oath To Queensland Flood Victims
Published January 02, 2011 12:00
BRISBANE, Queensland - World No.6 and Brisbane International top seed Sam Stosur knows from personal experience the heartbreak floods cause. So with half of her home state of Queensland - an area the size of France and Germany combined - under water, the Australian No.1 has announced that for every ace she serves this week, she will donate $100 to help victims.
"The way the people of Queensland have been affected by the floods is really close to my heart," Stosur said. "I only remember a few details of what happened to my family in 1987, but it turned our way of life upside down and was devastating to my family.
"We lost everything: photos, furniture, all our possessions apart from what we were wearing. It could have been a lot worse, as my younger brother's cot was completely submerged in water but he was in my parents' bed that night.
"I also remember my other brother Daniel diving for my mum's wedding ring which she lost in the water - he found it."
Not only did Stosur's parents lose their home and business due to the flood, but her grandparents lost their house in Rocklea in 1974 due to a flood.
"I guess this is why I felt it is important for me to try and give something back," she explained. "I am Queenslander and I want to help even in a small way. When you are in this kind of situation every little bit helps and I hope my small contribution does just that."
In 2010 Stosur trailed only Nadia Petrova on the aces count, issuing 290 across 61 matches. Brisbane tournament director Steve Ayles has pledged $5000 to kickstart this week's fund, and Stosur's pledge has been matched by men's top seed Andy Roddick.
Following record rainfall in December, states of natural disaster have been declared in 41 of Queensland's 73 municipalities, covering about a million square kilometers (366,000 square miles). Flood alerts have been issued for at least 10 rivers. So far one person has died and two are missing.