Her home is gone, but Emily still has hope
IPSWICH nurse Emily Morton doesn't remember much of what happened the day her Thorn St home went up in flames.
But the 26-year-old says she will never forget the community's overwhelming support during what has been the most difficult time of her life.
It was a month ago when Ms Morton received a phone call at work with news her house was burning down.
"My neighbour phoned me up and was so distressed that my initial reaction was to try and calm her down," Ms Morton said.
"But as her words began to sink in, I was in shock - I couldn't comprehend that it was actually happening."
Ms Morton said she remembered rushing from her work at St Andrew's Hospital to be greeted by the devastating sight of her house engulfed in flames.
"I really don't recall much of the afternoon following that. I just remember someone letting me know that my three dogs were safe," she said.
Though the house was insured, Ms Morton said she and her three housemates had lost all their belongings in the blaze, which had torn through the home in minutes.
She said investigations were still continuing as to the cause of the fire and she didn't know how long it would take for her Ipswich Central home to be rebuilt.
"My housemates and I are all kind of living like gypsies at the moment, bunking with family and friends throughout the Ipswich area," she said.
"We've been very fortunate with the support and generosity offered by people in this community."
Fundraising efforts for Ms Morton will continue this Sunday with a charity event hosted by Touch Plus and North Leagues Club.
A touch football competition will be held at the North Ipswich Leagues Club from 1pm with proceeds to benefit Ms Morton and her housemates.
Organiser Anthony Johnstone said team entry was $100 to play three games with about 10 teams already registered to play.
"Emily is a great person and has been a part of our touch competition since we started," he said.
"So when this terrible event happened to her, we wanted to do something to help."
In addition to this most recent fundraiser, Domino's Ipswich donated a dollar from every pizza sold on Saturday, June 29 to help Ms Morton.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said the council had launched a fundraising appeal for the Ipswich nurse and her housemates which had so far generated about $8000.
"Every time we see a house fire, we don't sit around and watch the flames, we go in and help people," he said.
"What I love about Ipswich is that the community always bands together to help others - we're a city of care, compassion and growth."
Mr Johnstone said teams could still register to take part in Sunday's fundraising competition by signing up at www.touchplus.com.au.