Waves fans rally to support Amos

Shani Amos says the generosity of Waves fans after her family home was destroyed has been “overwhelming”. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d414367
Shani Amos says the generosity of Waves fans after her family home was destroyed has been “overwhelming”. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d414367

Amos and her three siblings grew up in the house.

As word of the devastating loss spread, teammates Deanna Smith and Melissa Marsh started a donation drive via Facebook leading to clothes, TVs and other goods being delivered to the Basketball WA office in Mt Claremont.

Some items were raffled at the January 31 home game.

Amos, who is staying in temporary accommodation in West Perth with her mum Debbie, said the support had been ‘overwhelming’.

While the donations and money will help the Amos family while they make a decision about their future, it will not bring back the basketball trophies and plaques and a bronze medal from the under-20 state championship.

Amos said her trophy cabinet was the most sentimental loss, but former Waves and her under-20 coach Dave Herbert sent her a replacement bronze medal soon after the fire, which started the day she got back from a Melbourne road trip on January 12.

‘I got home at 10.15am and went and met mum for a coffee in Midland and she got a message from the fire services so went back up there,’ she said.

‘I was halfway to the beach because I didn’t think it was serious.

‘At 12.30pm, mum called so we went up there.

‘Three houses in my street were gone and 18 in Stoneville.’

To donate, email wolfpacksbl@gmail.com.