Generosity stuns Hatton Vale family

BOUNCING BACK: Tarlia Kneale, Joshua Sharp, Darren Williams and Belinda Sharp stand in front of their Hatton Vale home which was destroyed by fire on November 6.
BOUNCING BACK: Tarlia Kneale, Joshua Sharp, Darren Williams and Belinda Sharp stand in front of their Hatton Vale home which was destroyed by fire on November 6. Tom Threadingham

IF THERE is one thing Australians are good at, it's helping out others.

It's this innate Australian spirit that has overwhelmed one Hatton Vale family who lost their home to fire early in November.

Belinda Sharp and Darren Williams have been inundated with donations and well wishes ever since an electrical fault in a surge board triggered a fire that destroyed their home on November 6.

Almost one month on and the couple have thanked the community and all who helped them out.

"You know when you get that type of help, you know that you're Australian. Aussies don't let other Aussies down, that's the biggest thing," Darren said.

"They've donated food, clothing, furniture, even money and vouchers.

"The support from around here is just phenomenal and I was so overwhelmed.

"The amount of people and their generosity is just unbelievable.

"We've even had a lot of support from overseas from my brothers, and some people from Victoria that we don't even know."

Among the wide range of support, the couple singled out a few for their kindness.

"I would like to say a big thank-you to Julie Morgan, she works for Hallmark as a sales rep, and Cheyanne Jones from Hallmark too," Belinda said.

"Their generosity and support has been great, they've just held our hand all the way and if it wasn't for Julie to spread the word out we wouldn't have got far."

They also thanked Judy and Graham for accommodation, Cathy Gillem from Grandchester Sawmill, Cr David Pahlke, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, neighbours George and Louise, the Rosewood Lions and the Rosewood Post office.

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