Thousands donated to local family

IN LESS than two weeks, $3,000 has been donated to the McKenzie family whose Mount Forest Road home was destroyed by bushfires two weeks ago.

The family of of five, dad and mum Geoff and Nicole, along with their three children Connor, Tyler and Elizabeth, were left homeless when the fires burnt down their home, destroying most of their belongings on Tuesday January 8.

They were living on a 30 acre property at Carlaminda in a large shed, with two caravans and a shipping container which contained most of their belongings and were planning to eventually build a house.

In the days after the tragedy their friend Jim McDonald from Cooma Martial Arts Centre provided some temporary accommodation at the centre and set up an appeal to help the family get back on their feet.

Along with overwhelming generosity from the local community with an influx of donations of toys, furniture and household appliances, monetary donations of $3,000 have been made to the appeal.

They have come from near and far including some from Sydney, Wollongong, Pambula and their former home town of Nowra.

The family, who only moved to Cooma from Nowra six months ago for a new life, were overwhelmed by the generosity and are hoping to rebuild.

Mr McKenzie said the next step was to start cleaning up the site where all that is left is an empty shell - and ash. He said while a lot more money was needed to start building, it was a start and he thanked everyone for their donations.

Now the family has all the essential items including beds and bedding, clothes to see them through summer and winter, a fridge, washing machine, dryer, microwave, dining table, lounge suites, television and all necessities for the kitchen.

Even the children's trampoline which was damaged has been replaced by a generous donor.

Mr McKenzie said anything that could help the family start rebuilding would be appreciated.

Anyone who would like to make a donation can call Geoff McKenzie on 0418205529 to find out what is needed.

To make a money donation to the appeal through the Westpac Bank account name Geoff & Nicole McKenzie, BSB- 032720 and account number 201675.

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