A devastating housefire in Gulf Harbour last month left the Gibbs-Ward family with only the clothes they were wearing.
Many local residents rallied around to offer support, including somewhere to stay, clothes, household items and more.
One such initiative, conceived by the team at Gulf Harbour Marina and supported by Gulf Harbour Yacht Club, involved a car boot sale that was quickly put together and held on Matariki, June 24.
Gulf Harbour Yacht Club rear commodore Diane Lindsay says Matariki was chosen as it is “a day for whanau and thinking of others”.
She says people were generous in their support, even after the weather packed in, with everyone relocating to the club patio where hot bacon butties were exactly what was needed on a chilly morning.
As a result over $1200 was added to the family’s Givealittle page.
The house was insured, but the Givealittle money is to be used for the essentials to help them get back on their feet. The page, which was set up by the Ochiba Martial Arts Club, had raised more than $17,300 last week and is open for donations until July 16. Look for ‘Tragically lost everything in a house fire’ on Givealittle.