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For: Cas
NSW, Australia
Organizer: Cas
Help us rebuild our life (Cas)
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The Story

I'm hesitant to do this because I know that there are many people in far worse situations than my family has found ourselves in. But, unfortunately, this is something that I do not think I will be able to resolve by myself.

On Friday, 17 February 2017, a storm hit Sydney causing massive damage. While a number of homes were effected, my apartment building lost half of its roof. My neighbour lost their entire roof and ceiling while my ceiling remained mostly in place, the roofing over my apartment was removed by the wind.

The building was declared uninhabitable by emergency services. We are still waiting to hear whether it is possible to repair it, but given the extent of the damage, it is highly unlikely that we will be able to return there to live.

That means that we have found ourselves pretty effectively homeless. There are a variety of government departments that are going to be involved in assisting us to find a new place to call home, but there are a lot of unknown factors.

This is the only home that my son has ever known as we moved in while he was still very young. He is understandably devastated. I am his sole parent. We are both disabled and he, in particular, needs the routine and certainty that comes with a fixed address.

I did not plan for this scale of emergency, and my emergency funds are small. Most of our furniture will probably need to be replaced. Most of our personal items have been damaged - either by the damage to the ceiling or the subsequent water damage that occurred when the roof was torn off.

I do not know when we will be allowed access to our building again in order to properly evaluate whether anything is salvageable as we were only allowed a brief torchlit visit to collect the bare essentials and make arrangements for our pets' safety.

At the moment, we have enough clothes to last us a few days, and we have been assured that we will have adequate temporary accommodation although the nature of these arrangements are subject to change. I have sufficient funds to ensure that we will not go hungry while also acknowledging that eating on the move tends to be more expensive.

We need to be able to secure a more permanent residence as soon as possible. If you can, please will you help us?

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 5, 2017


Posted on March 5, 2017

Firstly, a big thank you to everyone who has supported us. Your support has kept me going through this mess, and words will never be able to express my appreciation for the kindness you've shown.
On Monday, we will be 14 days into our allowed 28 days of emergency temporary accommodation. Our cats are being safely boarded at a local vet. Our birds are being cared for by a friend.

I was able to access my apartment last week after asbestos monitoring and cleaning had been completed. I was able to recover some of my things and have moved them into storage. Unfortunately, some of my things were damaged to the extent that they had to be taken to the tip. Everything has received some degree of water damage but some of it is still usable.

I'm in the process of looking for private rentals in our area. We have to remain in area because of the services my son accesses, but affordability is a challenge and finding pet-friendly places is an additional challenge. I'll keep at it though.
I'm going to leave you with a photo (it's sideways and I don't know how to turn it the right way around) of one of my cats. She's a bit scared and confused at the moment, but she's still beautiful.
Once again, thank you to everyone for your support.

Posted on February 19, 2017

Posted on February 19, 2017

I just wanted to say thank you very much to everyone. I'm overwhelmed by your generosity. I will probably be offline for a while from tomorrow onwards, so I didn't want to leave without acknowledging your support. Your help is deeply appreciated by both myself and my son.

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