HOPE RISES FROM THE ASHES

Com­mu­nity ral­ly­ing to help fam­ily

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - FRONT PAGE - JAS­MINE MINHAS jas­mine.minhas@coff­s­coas­tad­vo­cate.com.au

IN AN in­cred­i­ble act of com­pas­sion, res­i­dents and busi­nesses have come out in full force to sup­port a fam­ily who lost ev­ery­thing af­ter their home caught fire last week.

A dou­ble-storey home at Mull­away’s Darkum Rd be­came en­gulfed in flames on Thurs­day night. The fam­ily of four man­aged to es­cape un­harmed.

How­ever it’s un­der­stood the house was not in­sured.

The next morn­ing, af­ter word had spread through the North­ern Beaches vil­lage of Mull­away, owner of Mull­away Gen­eral Store Jann Boer put the first call out on so­cial me­dia for do­na­tions of cloth­ing and toi­letries.

Wool­go­olga Pizza Place also be­gan col­lect­ing do­na­tions.

From here, it was a chain re­ac­tion.

Woopi Back­pack­ers col­lected do­na­tions at Wool­go­olga’s Eat Street event on Satur­day night.

Oz-E Kids Clothes in Wool­go­olga do­nated uni­forms to the chil­dren.

The Ro­tary Club of Wool­go­olga have of­fered to re­place lost fur­ni­ture at no cost from their Auc­tion shed once the fam­ily are set­tled.

Wood­sey’s Wheels and Stu­dio Move do­nated a new scooter to the son of the fam­ily.

“Af­ter months of do­ing jobs and sav­ing the money, he fi­nally paid (the scooter) out and took it home,” Wood­sey’s Wheels’ Scott Bock­ing said.

“He worked so hard to achieve his goal and he loved it. That was only two weeks ago and on Thurs­day night it was melted in the fire.

“Stu­dio Move and Wood­sey’s Wheels went halves and bought him the iden­ti­cal scooter that he lost.”

Mean­while, Jann Boer has an­nounced Mull­away Gen­eral Store is run­ning a raf­fle and a sausage siz­zle will be held on Satur­day morn­ing at Wool­worths.

“We’ve been do­nated awe­some art­work, a surf­board and more for the raf­fle,” she said.

“We’ve had a re­ally won­der­ful re­sponse to the call out for clothes and toi­letries, just things to help get the fam­ily up and go­ing.

“There are a few dif­fer­ent things hap­pen­ing around the town.

“We’re a small com­mu­nity and we all know each other, so it re­ally does im­pact ev­ery­body when some­thing like this hap­pens.

“For now the fam­ily has plenty of clothes and shoes. My part­ner and I are try­ing to find a stor­age shed or some­thing to store the do­na­tions.

“Any mon­e­tary do­na­tions will be placed into a bank ac­count, in­clud­ing the pro­ceeds from a GoFundMe page that has been set up.”

A trad­ing ta­ble and morn­ing teas will also be held at the Dig­gers RSL club Gym area to­day, Thurs­day and Fri­day.

To make a do­na­tion, visit www.gofundme.com/ sashaamp­scott.

Photo: Rachel Ver­coe

KIND ACTS: Hold­ing some of the prizes from the raf­fle, com­mu­nity mem­bers have come to­gether to sup­port a fam­ily in need.

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