Wheels of good fortune

John Stallard delivers the caravan to Tammie with daughter Halana and husband David, who had been living in a tent.
John Stallard delivers the caravan to Tammie with daughter Halana and husband David, who had been living in a tent.

Tammie, who did not want her full name published, her husband David and daughter Halana had spent the past seven months living in a tent after losing their rental accommodation in March.

Tammie cares for David, who is on a disability pension.

After reading last week’s story in the Mandurah Coastal Times, Mandurah Lock and Key co-owner Colin Fester decided to donate his caravan to the family.

‘I was going to sell it but I read the story on the family and thought it would be good to give the caravan to people who really need it,’ he said.

Mr Fester’s associate John Stallard delivered the caravan to the family last Thursday. Tammie said she was ‘shocked’ when she heard the good news.

‘We are very thankful and it is a relief to get out of the tent,’ she said

Tammie said caring for Halana while living in a tent had been a heartbreaking experience. ‘It will be good for her to be in an environment that is more private and has some space,’ she said.

‘It is really difficult living in a tent during the wintry weather. We were constantly worried about the tent leaking or blowing over.’

Mr Stallard said he would meet the family regularly to help them ‘get back on their feet’.