Furniture, records donated
GIVIT delivers to fire-hit family
A HOUSEHOLD worth of furniture and hundreds of vinyl records have been donated to a Deepwater family who lost everything in the bushfires late last year.
Along with their furniture and belongings, the father of the family lost his collection of 15,000 vinyl records when the blaze tore through the region in November and December last year.
Now living in a rental property in Miriam Vale, the family has received an entire household of furniture from not-forprofit organisation GIVIT.
Family friend and GIVIT supporter Brent Beecroft said the delivery of the donation was “unreal”.
Mr Beecroft said it brought the father of the family to tears.
He said vinyl record donations continued to come in, with more than 500 handed to the family so far.
Last week another four boxes of records were picked up.
“We thought it would help cheer him up. Yesterday we had a record player donated too,” he said.
Mr Beecroft met the father at a market where he was selling records.
He said the man’s former record collection included 189 of Slim Dusty’s 190 records.
“When I went to the GIVIT disaster centre they (the family) were there because their house had burnt down,” he said.
“That’s when I thought it was a good idea to put a call out for records.
“I thought it’d be something to get his head back to normal, something that would bring back some memories.”
Mr Beecroft has been involved with GIVIT for four years, through the Road Boss Rally.
He and wife Lynn take part in the annual rally in their Ghostbusters-themed 1986 Falcon.
GIVIT is also supporting volunteers from Team Rubicon working on recovery efforts in the Baffle Creek and Deepwater areas.
Team Rubicon has 21 Defence Force veterans in the area as part of Operation McLeod.
Visit givit.org.au to see what is needed or donate cash.
‘‘ WE THOUGHT IT WOULD HELP CHEER HIM UP. YESTERDAY WE HAD A RECORD PLAYER DONATED TOO. GIVIT SUPPORTER BRENT BEECROFT
DEVASTATING BLAZE: A QFES photo of the Deepwater fire.
A QFES image from the frontline of the Deepwater fire.