Generosity gets family home
WHEN the State Government and the insurance company turned their backs, the people again came to the rescue of a needy Goodna family.
David and Adriana Niumata and their two boys Hezekiah and Harrison have lived with relatives since January, when their home on Spalding Crescent was swamped by two metres of water.
The townhouse, which the Niumatas purchased in 2007, was destroyed almost completely, with the bathroom and kitchen needing to be replaced, along with all the interior walls.
After being turned down by their insurance company and failing to qualify for a State Government grant, Mrs Niumata said the family was facing a lengthy stint crammed into her mother’s Augustine Heights home.
But help came from massive contributions from Australian Christian Churches, Electrolux and the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), who together contributed thousands of dollars in building materials, labour and kitchen appliances to help get the family back home.
Work began at the Niumata residence about four weeks ago and already things are beginning to take shape. One of the tradesmen estimated that the job should be complete in three weeks. Mrs Niumata said it was a huge relief.
“Living with my parents with two kids had its challenges, but Mum has been fantastic about it,” Mrs Niumata said.
“It has been a trying time for her and my stepdad.”
While most of the Niumatas’ belongings were high and dry before the floods arrived, they ended up donating most of it to other flood victims over the last few months.
The family was identified as being in need of assistance by City Care Brisbane, who has been working alongside NAWIC to help disaster-affected people.
CityCare chief executive officer, Tim Bean, said the donation of $3000 in kitchen goods including an oven, rangehood and dishwasher was very welcome as the family continued to rebuild their lives.
“Our volunteers from CityCare, City Church and Habitat for Humanity have been working for a month to make this home – as well as another 12 across Ipswich and the western suburbs of Brisbane – habitable, and it is their dedication and support that makes our work possible,” he said.
“After the flood, we saw this groundswell of people coming together and wanting to help in some way, and the momentum isn’t showing any signs of slowing.”