Goldsborough fire victim Mary Oosen today met with some of the people who have assisted her after losing all her possessions, including her vehicle in a house fire in the days preceding Cyclone Ita.

Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt, who instigated an appeal in conjunction with the SEA-FM breakfast show, said the last few weeks had been a stressful time for the 70 year old.

[singlepic id=586 w=320 h=240 float=left] “Mrs Oosen is an independent and self-sufficient person who has gone from having all she needed to having nothing,” Mr Pitt said.

“Losing her vehicle was a terrible blow as it took away her independence.

“Fortunately, with the help of the community things are now looking up for Mrs Oosen.

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[singlepic id=587 w=320 h=240 float=left] “This week she was presented with a car by Crossway Wreckers in Gordonvale with the assistance of Dougalls Auto Electrics, Gordonvale Tint and Car Care, Windscreen Power and spraypainter Alan Jones.

“And she will be moving in to a rental property this weekend at Edmonton.”

Mr Pitt kicked off the appeal on the radio with a $500 donation which was quickly matched by Angela Liversage at Mount Sheridan Plaza who chipped in a $500 K-Mart voucher.

“Gordonvale Lions Club has also been taking community donations on behalf of the appeal and today we handed over $1,957 which included a $250 donation from the club,” he said.

“Mrs Oosen is the grandmother of Northern Pride players Brent and Maddie Oosen and the Pride came to the party raising $1,139 by donating one dollar from every ticket sold at Barlow Park for the match against the Mackay Cutters on 3 May.

“Of course nothing can replace prized possessions and a lifetime of memories that have been lost forever – but with the support of family and the community she is now back on her feet.

“I would like to thank everyone who has supported Mrs Oosen in her time of need.”