THE Cockburn community is rallying behind a Success family who lost everything in a house fire.
Peter Vasiliades, his wife Roula and their adult sons John and Chris barely made it out of their home when fire took hold just before dawn on June 3.
They escaped with just the clothes on their back, only to watch their house and all of their possessions go up in flames.
Since then the Cockburn community has come together to help the Vasiliades family, with more than $400 already donated in an online fundraiser and local businesses donating important goods, services and vouchers to get the family back on their feet.
City of Cockburn deputy mayor Lee-Anne Smith, who started the online fundraiser, said the community response had been amazing so far.
“ATCO responded immediately offering assistance with gas connections and repairs, the team at Gateways responded immediately and we have raised $420 on the mycause.com.au page and I pray this increases as the word gets out,” she said.
“The family have called this home for over 20 years, their two sons are on disability pensions and rely on their parents.
“Honestly, we need absolutely everything; the plight ahead is huge.”
Cockburn Gateway Shopping City centre manager Alexandra McAuliffe said it was important for them to help through the donation of vouchers and goods from both the centre and individual retailers.
“We are only too happy to dig deep and support this local family in time of need,” she said.
“It’s what being part of the community is all about.”
Mr Vasiliades had one important message he wanted to pass onto the community.
“Thank you, now we know we’re not alone,” he said.
Visit www.mycause.com.au/page/206385/friends-of-success-house-fire to donate.