The volunteering efforts of Queensland's Buddhist community in the aftermath of natural disasters earlier this year have been officially recognised at a gala awards ceremony.
2011 Multicultural Awards were held on November 11 and saw the Buddha’s Light International Association of Queensland (BLIAQ) presented with the shared title of Community Organisation of the Year.
When the widespread flooding first began in the northern areas of the state, BLIAQ generated a donation of $100,000 to go towards the newly established Disaster Relief Fund - with a further $50,000 going towards the Community Relief fund when the waters hit Brisbane.
Once the streets were declared safe to travel, many of the organisation's members rallied together and joined in with the so-called 'gumboot brigade' that began the massive cleaning operation that allowed the capital city to slowly return to normal.
In addition to these good works the BLIAQ's 1,500 registered members aim to help their local communities through charitable programs and educational experiences designed to assist those who are experiencing difficulty.
The organisation also takes part in annual events such as Tree Planting Day and Clean Up Australia Day as well as providing support to more than 70 charity organisations.