Mun­dub­bera res­i­dents’ char­ity over­whelms Hansens

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

MUN­DUB­BERA’S Hansen fam­ily does not need the Fire Foun­da­tion’s new na­tional ini­tia­tive, You’re Not Alone.

That is be­cause last week­end the community pulled out all the stops for the fam­ily.

The im­pres­sive fundrais­ing ef­forts cul­mi­nated on Satur­day with an evening meal, auc­tions, raf­fles and en­ter­tain­ment by tal­ented lo­cals who vol­un­teered their time to add to the event’s suc­cess.

When a new elec­tric blan­ket sparked the fire that left them with noth­ing, Adam and Sam Hansen and their chil­dren were dev­as­tated.

But they have since been over­whelmed by the gen­eros­ity of fami- ly, friends and the Mun­dub­bera community. Mr Hansen took the op­por­tu­nity at the fundraiser to ex­press his grat­i­tude.

“I’m so proud to be part of this community,” he said.

“We’ve been blown away by the gen­eros­ity of Mun­dub­bera peo­ple and we thank each and ev­ery one of you who have helped.

“I’m so pleased Sam and I brought our fam­ily to live in Mun­dub­bera.

“I’ve heard of peo­ple in big cities who’ve had to beg oth­ers for help. “Here we didn’t even have to ask.” De­spite thou­sands of Aus­tralians be­ing af­fected by fires each year, in many parts of the coun­try there is lit­tle sup­port for fire vic­tims in the im­me­di­ate af­ter­math of the dis­as­ter.

The Fire Foun­da­tion is a na­tional fire vic­tims’ char­ity that en­cour­ages fire vic­tims to talk about their ex­pe­ri­ence and raise aware­ness of the sup­port net­work avail­able to them.

The foun­da­tion is en­cour­ag­ing fire vic­tims to share their sto­ries on­line at face­book.com/fire­foun­da­tionaus­tralia.

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