Raphael Carvignese from F45 Toowoomba West gym and pilot John Pratt made a water delivery to the Rotary Satellite Club of Tenterfield-Granite Belt this afternoon.
Raphael Carvignese from F45 Toowoomba West gym and pilot John Pratt made a water delivery to the Rotary Satellite Club of Tenterfield-Granite Belt this afternoon. Matthew Purcell

Water descends from the heavens

WATER fell from the skies this afternoon as thousands of litres landed in Stanthorpe.

Thanks to the generous work of F45 Toowoomba West gym and Easternwell Group, more than a tonnes' worth of water was flown into town.

Gym operator Raphael Carvignese was met at the airport by members from the Rotary Satellite Club of Tenterfield-Granite Belt.

"I received a phone call from Raphael who owns a gym in Toowoomba,” satellite club president Don Gaske said.

"One of his clients has got a connection with the Granite Belt so he thought why don't we collect some water.

"They got some together and he rang me and said 'Don would you like some water?'.

"It has grown from that to a whole plane load of water being delivered this morning.

"Water from the sky. We're very thankful,” Mr Gaske said.

Mr Carvignese said clients from his gym very generously supported the cause.

"We're all about helping out the community.

"We try to do a bit each week to help out and we saw you guys were doing it a bit tough here in Stanthorpe through the drought and recent bushfires.

"I hit up the clients at the gym because we have a nice little community there and asked them all to bring in some water.

"Easternwell Group contacted me and said we could organise a plane for you and donated that to us and the fuel and we donated the water.

"We're looking forward to doing a few more runs in the next couple weeks,” he said.

Approximately 1.3 tonnes of water, in 10L containers, was dropped off.

"I was saying to Don if they need me to take them back to Toowoomba and fill them up again and bring back I'll do that as well.”

Mr Gaske said they're having a hard time keeping up with demand.

"We're flat out. I think I fielded 6-8 phone calls this morning from people desperate for water.

"We've been doing a lot out around Liston. A lot of the residents around there are just basically out of water.

"Yesterday we went from out at Passchendaele to Liston to Lyra. We're everywhere but we're getting it to the people who really need the water,” he said.