Fur­ni­ture, records do­nated

GIVIT de­liv­ers to fire-hit fam­ily

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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

Photo:

DEV­AS­TAT­ING BLAZE: A QFES photo of the Deep­wa­ter fire.

Photo:

A QFES im­age from the front­line of the Deep­wa­ter fire.

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