Family thanks Pokeno

“The Pokeno community has been brilliant,” says local resident Teresa Wine in response to help she has received after her house on Market Street burning down on July 10. Teresa’s family: husband, son and nephew barely got out in time.
Within minutes the house was well ingulfed in flames. Teresa herself wasn’t home, having just nipped down the road to see a friend.
The neighbours came over to help and give the devastated family hugs.
“Within 24 hours we had enough clothes for all of us, were put up in a motel, had meals and the donations just didn’t stop. It was very touching. We were humbled by the community response,” she says.
“Bedding, blankets, clothes, a bag full of underwear in all the right sizes for everyone, toasters, a microwave, dog food, pillows and dinnerware came our way.”
Teresa’s first reaction was shock, seeing five fire appliances in front of her house and flames bursting through the roof and then disbelief, but soon also relief, even joy, when she realised the family, even the dog, had all made it out in time. All their possessions, including many precious items were lost in the blaze.
Initially homed by friends and neighbours, three months later they have bunked down in two caravans parked in the backyard of their burnt out home. Friends provide the chance to regularly do laundry and have showers. Life is now down to the bare basics.
“Today, life is simple but sufficient. We have what we need,” Teresa says but admits she really misses her old crockpot.
Describing herself as a pragmatic person, she says she prefers to focus on the future rather than dwell on all the bad luck she’s been having.
“The fire is one of those things. The important thing is how you get back up after such a disaster. We are happy to all be in one piece and really grateful for the ongoing support and compassion from the local community,” she says.

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