UTTER DEVASTATION: Colin Wright stands in front of what used to be his home. Photo Kelly Butterworth / Rockhampton Morning Bulletin
UTTER DEVASTATION: Colin Wright stands in front of what used to be his home. Photo Kelly Butterworth / Rockhampton Morning Bulletin Kelly Butterworth

Easter Sunday house fire victim - ‘Asking for help was hard’

COLIN Wright is still struggling to come to terms with losing everything to a house fire.

After watching his rental home go up in flames on Easter Sunday, Colin is now taking everything an hour at a time as he begins to piece his life back together.

However Colin admits trying to build from the ground up has proved a hard challenge and wishes he had accepted previous offers of help.

The local man said sometimes it was hard to put pride to the side and accept the help which people offered but when times were tough if you needed help, you needed help.

"They asked me at the hospital when I was up there how I was, I didn't want to say I'm broke so I said I'm all right," he said.

"They were going to give me cash and I should have leaped at it and said I'm broke, absolutely, but I let it go and I regret it.

"There are a lot of things I regret but I can't turn back the clock."

Even though Colin is disheartened by the whole series of events he said there was no use in being angry as it would change nothing.

"I've been helping Spencer (the home owner) at the back of the shop and he cracked a bit of a joke the other day, he went out walking the dogs and he said don't burn my shop down now," he said.

"We both laughed because if you don't laugh at these things you'll go crazy."

While Colin is trying his hardest to remain in good spirits he says he still needs a hand and any help would be appreciated.

And it seems one friend has come through to help.

Colin said a good mate had offered to let him stay in a liveable shed on his property.

"I'm welcome to stay as long as I like. I said but I have two dogs and he said bring them, get down there and I know he means it.

"I'm heading down next week, I have a few things to sort out first but then I'll head down there.

"As a carpenter and contractor I'll improve the place for him by making a barbeque and I'll just do whatever I can for nothing and pay him back whatever I can."

Even though the tradie has a roof over his head for now he still doesn't have anything to his name and would appreciate any help which happened to go his way.

 

HELP WELCOMED

IF YOU are interested in helping local man Colin get back on his feet then feel free to send some donations his way.

Colin was reluctant to ask for help at first but said he realised now every little bit will help.

The donation does not have to be a money contribution.

It can be anything; a donation of whitegoods, clothes or anything which people can afford to give will be gratefully accepted.

If you do wish to donate the Salvation Army have agreed to take and store donations on Colin's behalf.

When items are dropped off at the Salvation Army it has been asked that people ensure the donation is clearly marked for Colin or clearly communicated to a worker to ensure it goes to the designated place.

Salvation Army stores in Rockhampton can be found at 131-137 Park St or 170 Denison St.



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