THE devastated family of a local couple whose farm sheds were tragically destroyed by fire on September 12 have launched a GoFundMe to help their parents rebuild.
The property is located in between Loch and Kernot and the organiser, Jarrah Stek, said on the fund’s page the fire had ripped through her parents’ garage, sheds and workshop.
“Unfortunately, 40 years of memories and belongings were stored in the sheds,” she said on GoFundMe.
“Photos going back decades, kids clothing ready for hand me downs to grandkids, surf boards, bikes and camping/fishing/diving gear is all lost.
“Thankfully, the farmhouse was untouched, and we are so grateful no one was hurt in the fire.”
Ms Stek said other precious items belonging to family members including a work car, boat and a music studio were also unfortunately lost.
“Most worryingly, most of dad’s tools, building supplies and machinery has been damaged beyond repair – as a builder and a farmer, this means both sources of income for the family have been hindered and the rebuild is going to be incredibly difficult,” she wrote.
“Mum and dad have always been active members of the community… always committee members and kids sport coaches, there was never a working bee, sausage sizzle or fundraiser without them.
“Dad has spent the last two years rebuilding the Woodleigh Hall, so his community have a place to gather and meet each other.
“Neither of our parents has ever said no to a friend in need, I can’t imagine how many fences, back deck and bungalows dad has helped build, for a bottle of red as payment.”
The family is deeply appreciative of any donations, and is hoping to raise $20,000.
For more information and to view the GoFundMe page, visit gofundme.com/f/help-steks-rebuild.