HAND OVER: Save Our Foreshore president Suzette Pelt hands over SOFI the caravan to Frank Fusca, who lost his home in a fire on Saturday.
HAND OVER: Save Our Foreshore president Suzette Pelt hands over SOFI the caravan to Frank Fusca, who lost his home in a fire on Saturday.

Rising from the ashes

WHAT started as a sad story and a disused caravan has turned into a tale of community spirit.

Many would recognise the iconic pink caravan that has acted as the mobile headquarters of the Whitsundays'Save Our Foreshore group for over a decade.

"It's done many stints at the markets for the Save the Lagoon campaign and the Stop the Oil Shale Mine campaign," SOF president Suzette Pelt said.

"But it's just now reached the end of its useable life for us." While Ms Pelt was looking for someone to take the caravan, Frank Fusca's Palm Grove home was going up in flames.

Arriving home on Sunday morning, Mr Fusca was greeted by ashes.

"I was in pretty well total shock," he said.

"You just turn up and it's not there anymore.

"I'm still sort of getting over it a little bit."

Seeing Mr Fusca's need, a local woman gave him Ms Pelt's number.

"I actually had (a woman) here ready to give me a $300 donation and she said 'I don't need it, this guy needs it'," Ms Pelt said.

Mr Fusca said the good Samaritan who had passed him Ms Pelt's number had gone one further, with his car not having a tow bar.

"So I'm just paying for a permit and they're going to tow it for me," he said.

"It's really amazing, a really good community spirit."

Once the caravan arrives at Mr Fusca's property, he said it would be a "rebirth".

"I'm going to start again."


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