Community spirit is behind a fundraising initiative to help
the Leslie family of Mt Ross Station, after their house was
destroyed by fire recently.
An auction and raffle evening was held at the Middlemarch
Hall on Sunday to raise money for Sean and Melinda Leslie and
It was part of a wider community effort to help them,
following the fire on Monday, November 25.
Firefighters were called to the blaze about 8.20pm. Despite
early efforts by the Leslies, as well as work by
firefighters, the home and its contents could not be
Community support for the family was immediate.
Friend and community member Jen Atkinson said by the next
morning clothing, nappies and other essential items had been
gathered and donated to the family.
''There has been a huge amount of support from the
community,'' she said.
Together with other community members, Mrs Atkinson helped
organise the gathering on Sunday.
It was a chance for some additional money to be raised for
the Leslies, and to bring residents together for a relaxed
''It was a good old-fashioned community rally-around to show
our support and see if we could raise a few more funds,'' Mrs
Many businesses and individuals in the wider Strath Taieri
and Dunedin areas had generously given raffle and auction
items, as well as vouchers and products which could be
directly used by the Leslies, she said.
''The show of support from businesses has been fantastic.
There were some great raffle prizes, bigger items for the
auction and things like food vouchers which we gave direct to
the Leslie family.''
Mr Leslie said the family were extremely grateful to all who
had offered support.
''I just want to say a massive thanks to the community. We've
been overloaded with stuff and the generosity has been
amazing. I especially want to thank the Mosgiel and Outram
fire brigades for doing what they could and for their rapid
response,'' he said.