‘Mudgeerabarbarians’ rally around local family who lost everything in house fire

The spirit of the Mudgeerabarbarians is stronger than ever, after a house fire sparked an incredible community response.

The Bryden family lost their family home after a candle caused a massive blaze on Saturday night.

A father and his two daughters lost everything in the blaze, one of the daughters even suffered first and second degree burns to her arms.


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Almost as quickly as the house burned down, was the response of the local community.

The Facebook group ‘Mudgeerabarbarians’ was quick to get the word out about what had happened, and within minutes, donations of furniture, clothing and food were flooding in.

Offers of temporary accommodation, help for renting, meals from the local cafe were all posted on the first Facebook post.

Even local Councillor Glen Tozer commented, thanking the community for their fast response.

“This sort of Facebook thread lifts my spirits about our community, even as we wrestle with why bad things happen. Thanks to everyone for chipping in,” Mr Tozer’s comment read.

In an update posted today, the Bryden family has already found a rental property around the corner.

“A new rental home has been secured, just around the corner from their old home so that they are still in their beloved community. How good is that!

“The move in date is Saturday 12th, which is the day we will aim to have the donated furniture delivered,” the post reads.

The family, along with help from the a local church and the Facebook group’s admins, is now working on stocking the house.

“We did a walk through the new house yesterday, and made lists of what is needed when starting from scratch. When you consider a room like the kitchen and not just the crockery and cutlery, and appliances, but the pots and pans, baking trays, chopping boards, and storage containers, and pantry items, and all the little things in that second ‘utensils’ draw!

“We are also looking to source bedding (sheets for 2 x queen beds and 1 x king bed), pillows, towels, coat hangers, cleaning equipment such as mop, broom, dustpan and brush, vacuum cleaner etc

“If anyone has any of these smaller things to help fit out their home, please feel free to drop off to OurChurch at 14 Junction Road, Burleigh. We are here between 6am – 3pm Monday to Friday. We can store it here and move it all across 

“Our cafe on site (The Junction GC cafe) would love to thank you for your generosity with a free coffee when you drop off your donations. The Cafe is open from 6am – 11am,” the post reads.

The comments on all the posts truly indicate the passion of the Mudgeeraba community, to rally around it’s members in their times of need.

While it was an otherwise tragic occurrence for the Bryden family, they’re getting back on their feet in no time.

Good on you, Mudgeerabarbarians – you’re an inspiration to the wider Gold Coast community.

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