Kindness flows from tragedy

ONE of the worst events to happen to the Barber family of Wandal has brought out the best in other people.

Last Wednesday, the family watched as fire turned their Wilkinson Street home to ashes.

Since the fire, friends, family and even total strangers have come out to support them.

Allan Barber's workmates at Eventide have started a collection for him, led by his sister-inlaw Lyn Barber, who also works at the aged care centre. "As a family we are putting together a photo album, but if anyone has photos of them as well that would be good as well.''

The children, aged 16 and 14, attend Rockhampton Grammar School and have been helped out with emergency clothing and school uniforms.

Mr Barber said the support had been overwhelming.

On the same day as the Barber family lost their Queenslander home, Heather and Jim Olsson almost lost their Jones Street house to fire.

"The Salvos did ring us to see if we needed anything, but we are okay,'' Mrs Olsson said.

The Salvation Army has also been in contact with the Barber family and has launched an appeal for them.

The appeal will run until September 30.

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