Fire victims thankful for support
A YOUNG Childers family devastated by a caravan fire has vowed to rebuild their lives after being overwhelmed by the generosity of the community and government agencies.
Nathan Waters, his partner Kristy Bagnall and their five children were left with only the clothes on their back when all their possessions were incinerated in the blaze last Friday.
“Kristy and the kids all escaped without injury,” Mr Waters said.
“We've still got each other, we're a family and that's all that matters.”
Temporarily staying at the Childers Motel, Mr Waters said he could not believe how quickly residents and government bodies had responded to their plight.
“It's incredible how quickly everything was done for us and how everyone has rallied behind us, especially the Neighbourhood Centre and Bundaberg Regional Housing,” he said.
“It's impossible to say how grateful we are, but we'll never forget it, that's for sure.”
Childers Neighbourhood Centre manager Kirsten Harrison said donations of clothing, electrical items and toys had been slowly trickling through, while Bundaberg Regional Housing would supply the family with furniture when they moved into a rented house early next week.
“And we've been able to put them up in the motel courtesy of State Government funding, through an emergency relief program,” Ms Harrison said.
The couple and their children — Toni, Leikita, Jesse, Jeff and Brock — ranging in age from 14 years down to one — moved to Childers about two years ago in search of a better life.
“I started my job as an apprentice mechanic at Wechsels about a month ago and everything was really starting to look up,” Mr Waters said.
“Then (the fire) happened. But we've still got each other and we'll bounce back — we owe that to all the good people who have got behind us.” Donations are still being accepted for the family at the Neighbourhood Centre. Anyone wishing to donate money, clothing and furniture is asked to phone 4130 4690.