Dot and Ray Giggins (at rear), with Sandra and Hector Bolt and their grandchildren Lisamaree, 6, and Sean, 8.
Dot and Ray Giggins (at rear), with Sandra and Hector Bolt and their grandchildren Lisamaree, 6, and Sean, 8.

Bolts get things back into place

By NERIDA BLOK

nblok@northernstar.com.au

SANDRA and Hector Bolt have been overwhelmed by community support after their South Lismore home burnt down in September.

The fire completely destroyed their three-bedroom rented house in Charlton Avenue and all their possessions, including Sandra's set of dentures.

But with the help of community donations, the couple have started to rebuild their life and look to the future with 'restored faith in humankind'.

An appeal co-ordinated by close friends and neighbours Dot and Ray Giggins raised more than $10,000. It also collected four microwaves, four lounges, four dining room suites, three vacuum cleaners, crockery, cutlery, clothing, children's toys, a new set of teeth for Sandra and 'enough beds and linen to fit out a nursing home'.

Dot said it was her and Ray's close relationship with the Bolts and their 22 grandchildren which sparked them into action.

Sandra said they weren't just grateful for the money or material goods provided.

"It was the kind words too, just to know people do care," Sandra said.

She said green shoots sprouting from one of her potted fig trees, which was scorched by the fire, reminded her of a poem, 'Dadirri', by Mirriam-Rose Ungunmerr:

'We are like the tree standing in the middle of a bushfire, sweeping through the timber.

'The leaves are scorched and the tough bark is scarred and burnt, but inside the tree, the sap is still flowing and under the ground, the roots are still strong.

'Like that tree we have endured the flames and we still have the power to be reborn.'

Donations were received from Spotlight, Woolworths, Kmart, Lismore Workers Club, Mr Rentals, Quayside Motors and students and staff at Kadina High School.

Lismore City Council and Prattens New Auto Centre in Lismore provided the Bolts with the use of a car for a period of time.

A second-hand car was then donated to them by a Lismore family, along with a video and TV.

Lismore dentist Oscar Bakos donated Sandra a new set of dentures.



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