QLD Mum Sending Entire House Interstate For Family Who Lost Everything
While many Australians are rushing to donate money to bushfire relief, Stephanie Langdon is donating something much bigger - her house.
Speaking to 10 daily, the Queensland mother of one said she and her fiancée Nathan Gill purchased the home, which is located in Camp Hill in Brisbane's eastern suburbs, in November, and were originally planning to knock it down to make way for their dream family home which they would share with three-year-old son Hudson.
"We had a conversation about how we would feel selfish if we demolished the house. You see all of this devastation and naturally it pushes you to help," she said.
It all started with a Facebook post on Langdon's account which floated plans to donate the home, while asking users for advice on the best way to go about it.
It quickly gathered attention, with some bushfire victims penning their interest and others, just good samaritans, wanting to offer advice.
One respondent, however, is proving essential to whole process.
"We now have a contact in NSW who is at the front line of the fires and is also a local fire chief (in the Blue Mountains area). He reached out to us on Facebook and is helping carry out a nomination process for the house," Landgon explained.
"We have had a number of people contact us directly about why they would like the house and reasons why. Having contact with the fire chief in NSW really helps with this because he has an understanding of the area and sees the people most affected."
Langdon, who splits her time between working for a superannuation fund while caring for son Hudson, would love to see her old home donated to the likes of a volunteer firefighter who has lost everything, and she's hoping that the NSW fire chief, who has asked to remain anonymous, will be able to help find that person.
However, while providing relief can be as simple as putting some money into a charity tin, donating an entire home is an entirely different story.
For starters it's a 950km drive between Camp Hill and the Blue Mountains -- Langdon's intended destination.
Logistically, that's a challenge alone. But the house will need to be broken down first before it can be transported by trucks and all asbestos must be professionally removed.
All of this requires council approval. But Langdon is eager to get the wheels -- literally -- in motion.
"We would like to get started as soon as possible. Today we will get some quotes to get the asbestos removed from the home and we will apply for a DA (Development Application from council)," she said.
"The chief in NSW will be able to give us an idea of any road restrictions in the area."
She anticipates the cost of demolishing the home would have been about $20,000 and instead intends to use some of that money "to help get this house to someone who needs it".
According to Langdon, the fire chief is could potentially be able to help partially fund the process while removals companies are happy to offer a cheaper rate. Regardless of the cost, to Langdon this is about more than money.
"The money is not an issue at the moment. We have others involved who will help contribute to the removals. Once we get the actual details of where we are dropping it we will a better idea of costs and logistics," she said.
Despite the enormous gesture it was never Langdon or her family's intention to "go big" with this act of generosity and she only posted it to social media because she has a number of friends in the building industry who might have been able to help.
When asked whether she thinks it will trigger some kind of movement where Australians in similar positions offer to do the same, Langdon said it's a possibility but many might consider the task too daunting.
"It seems like a big task and it will take a little longer than we hoped, but we have to remember that someone else doesn’t have somewhere to live. Take the time and take the effort," she said.