Considering how the world has changed recently, the horrific bushfires of Spring and Summer 2019/2020 may seem like a distant memory... however families are still feeling the effects.
On New Years’ Eve, a particularly devastating bush fire destroyed acres of land in Wandella, near Cobargo NSW. Young couple, Toby and Nicole, were one of many who own and operate a farm there.
The family’s property, where they live with their five-year-old daughter, Layla, was right in the heart of the blaze.
Although their livestock was miraculously spared, they sadly lost their house.
After the smoke cleared and they were able to return to their property, Toby and Nicole were willing to do whatever it took to protect what remained. Without a home, they resorted to living in a tent – without electricity or running water. It was the best option to ensure they could look after their livestock, and their livelihood.
The community came together to help after bush fire destroyed Toby and Nicole's home
Devastated after hearing of the loss the family had suffered, our Air Extreme team wanted to help. And it’s clear we weren’t the only ones touched by the story, with many others in the Wallenda community wanting to help get them back on their feet.
But it was going to take a long time to rebuild an entire home. So, after hearing their story, a CFMEU Union state councillor suggested building them some simple, emergency-style accommodation. The ideas were to get a roof over their heads at least.
The community launched an appeal and, through their generosity, managed to raise $20,000. Enough to build a 50 sq cabin for the young family.
Volunteers assembled, and our crew happily joined the construction project. We also donated and installed a brand new Daikin Air Conditioning system to help keep them cool over Summer.
A new home for Toby, Nicole and Layla
Toby, Nicole, and little Layla were overjoyed with their cabin, and incredibly grateful for the support of the Hunter community. With the tent safely packed away, they are looking forward to getting back to normal before they begin planning to build their new home.
At Air Extreme, our customers, family and community are our focus, and we are always looking for ways to support those in need. Even the smallest thing, like an air conditioner, can change someone’s life.
We’re proud to support our local community in Newcastle, and extend that support to other communities in the Hunter, like Cobargo.