Tragic story brings busi­nesses to­gether

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Dane Lilling­stone dane.lilling­stone@ whit­sun­day­times.com.au

IMAG­INE los­ing your daugh­ter to cancer and then hav­ing your house badly dam­aged by a cy­clone, with­out home in­surance.

That is what one former Whit­sun­day lo­cal has just gone through.

Josh San­ders used to live in the area with his two chil­dren but he re­turned to the United States a few years ago.

Un­for­tu­nately his daugh­ter Chloe, 13, was di­ag­nosed with an ag­gres­sive cancer last year and she lost her bat­tle around the time of Cy­clone Deb­bie.

Mr San­ders still owns a house on Panoramic Ct, Can­non­vale, which he has been rent­ing out, but his in­surance lapsed and was not re­newed dur­ing this trou­ble­some time.

Mark Beale from Ray White Whit­sun­day was friends with Mr San­ders and said it had been tough.

“They tried ev­ery­thing to try and save (Chloe) but they couldn’t,” he said.

Cy­clone Deb­bie tore through the house, even leav­ing a hole in the roof. The ten­ants moved out as it was deemed un­live­able and Mr San­ders was left with a hefty bill.

Mr Beale de­cided to give some lo­cal busi­nesses a call.

“There was prob­a­bly about $30,000–40,000 worth of dam­age which he had to pay out of his own money and he spent a lot try­ing to save Chloe,” Mr Beale said.

Whit­sun­day busi­nesses jumped in to help re­pair and clean up the house for free or at heav­ily re­duced prices.

They in­cluded Moloko Homes, Plants Whit­sun­day, Splash Pools, Wade Johns Plas­ter­ing, Nick Wynne Jones paint­ing, Reef Elec­tri­cal, Belinda Pre­ston and Ray White Whit­sun­day.

A do­na­tion of free fur­ni­ture from the Ro­tary Club of Air­lie Beach and GIVIT was the ic­ing on the cake, with the house set to be put up for sale soon.

Mr Beale said he wanted to thank every­one who lent a hand. “Even though all the trades­peo­ple are su­per busy, to get some blokes in and help like that has been re­ally nice,” he said.

PHOTO: DANE LILLING­STONE

HELP­ING HAND: Air­lie Beach Ro­tary Club mem­bers Judy Robert­son, Fred Dixon and Nancy Ta­bell at the house at Panoramic Ct.

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