Home found: In a home at last following last week’s fire are Renee Devine and Andrew Morgan with children Crystal, 2, Tameka, 6, Deegan, 3, Xander, 5, Jordan, 13, Caleb and Izaak.
Home found: In a home at last following last week’s fire are Renee Devine and Andrew Morgan with children Crystal, 2, Tameka, 6, Deegan, 3, Xander, 5, Jordan, 13, Caleb and Izaak. Jacklyn Wagner

Home found for fire vicitms

WHAT a difference a week makes.

Last Monday morning, Renee Devine, Andrew Morgan and their seven kids were destitute after a fire destroyed their South Lismore home.

Yesterday morning the family was moving into a new place in Lismore and had been given enough items to replace almost everything lost in the fire, thanks to the generosity of the Northern Rivers community.

The large family's shock of loss has now been replaced by a new shock of gratitude.

“I still can't believe it. I have to pinch myself,” Ms Devine said yesterday. “We went from a destitute situation and a week later to the day we're moving into a new house. I would never have expected it.”

The Devine/Morgans now have many heroes in the Northern Rivers community, but pride of place goes to Bruce Wilson, of Proart Printing, who offered them a new rental home.

Mr Wilson was with the family as they moved in yesterday, working around the house and making everything perfect.

Others were also still working to help the family. The Summit gym at Goonellabah was planning a Zumba Latin dance fundraiser for them and the owner of Old Bar modelling agency Forever Young Management, Michelle Young, was still selling calendars in a bid to raise $7000 for them.

Ms Young said she reached the $2000 mark yesterday and wanted to sell the remaining swimsuit calendars – one of girls and one of boys – by the end of the week. She planned to drive up Friday and Saturday to personally deliver them.

To buy a calendar deposit $20 into Ms Young's Commonwealth Bank Account, BSB: 062104 Acct: 10087765 and email michelle@fym.com.au with your name, contact details and the time of your deposit.



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