Community spirit rises from ashes

ALMOST every week we hear stories about the community digging deep for people in need.

And on Sunday more than 300 Whitsunday residents came together to support a family who had lost everything in a house fire in late March.

Almost $7000 was raised for the Greenhalgh family during a barbecue fundraiser at the Metropole Hotel.

The three family members, Sue and daughters Amber and Amy were overwhelmed with the support shown by the community.

“We can’t believe it,” an emotional Sue said on Sunday.

“It is overwhelming how nice everyone has been.”

One of the highlights of the fundraiser was a $1500 cheque donated by the Proserpine Rotary Club.

The Greenhalgh family lost all their belongings when a fire destroyed their Silver Creek home on March 26.

In the aftermath of the fire a number of locals came together to organise a fundraiser for the popular local family who are well known within the horse riding community.

One of the organisers of the event, Jenny Dray said the support shown by the whole community was amazing.

“There are still people ringing up wanting to donate,” she said.

“We would like to extend a big thank you to all the businesses who donated and everyone who showed up on Sunday.”


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