GIVING BACK: Sean Choat with the gift basket for house fire victim Ricky Murphy.
GIVING BACK: Sean Choat with the gift basket for house fire victim Ricky Murphy. David Nielsen

Choat digs deep for house fire victim Ricky

NEVER forget the battlers and those who suffer hardship.

That is an ethos Ipswich West MP Sean Choat lives by and he is demonstrating it by his actions once again.

Mr Choat was moved by the story of One Mile resident Ricky Murphy who lost his house to a fire last month after struggling with the loss of his dear lifetime partner Clara only two year earlier.

Mr Murphy is a man in need and Mr Choat decided to make a contribution.

"We read in the paper about Uncle Ricky and it was tragic," Mr Choat said.

"The poor old fella lost his house to fire and I just thought that I could do something practical for him.

"So we've gone out and done some shopping for some non-perishables for him and put it in a washing basket.

"They are mostly grocery items like tea and biscuits.

"It is only something small but hopefully it will help him with his ongoing costs."

Mr Choat is known for his community spirit.

He once gave some chickens to a resident who had lost them to a feral animal attack.

Mr Choat has praised the One Mile and Leichhardt community for the way they have rallied around Mr Murphy.

"The community has been overwhelming in its support of Uncle Ricky," he said.

"I wanted to do something. Hopefully this will put a smile on his face."



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