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Couple braved nine-day drive to lend Bundy a helping hand

JOB COMPLETE: Anne and Mick Fox are saying goodbye to Bundaberg after helping rebuild the community over the past few months.
JOB COMPLETE: Anne and Mick Fox are saying goodbye to Bundaberg after helping rebuild the community over the past few months. Zach Hogg BUNFOX

WHEN a West Australian couple heard about the Bundaberg region's flood devastation - they hopped in their bus, headed across the Nullarbor for Bundy.

After a nine-day trip, Mick and Anne Fox of Mandurah arrived in Bundaberg in early October.

The compassionate couple said they decided make the trip to Bundaberg after listening to Ian "Macca" McNamara on ABC radio calling for volunteers to lend assistance.

Mick, a carpenter by trade and Anne his offsider, accompanied by their german shepherd, Jennie, have been rebuilding flood-affected homes from Lowmead to Mundubbera.

Mrs Fox said the concept of "pay it forward" really resonated with the couple.

"You just hope that in reverse circumstances, the same would happen," Mrs Fox said.

She said her husband had always been a hard worker and volunteered himself for eight to 10 hours a day, five days a week, for the past six months repairing flood- ravaged homes around the region.

"Some of them were a total rebuild, others were just general stuff - a bathroom, a kitchen," she said.

Mrs Fox said her husband had rebuilt in the vicinity of 15 to 20 homes.

But shrugging off his generosity as anything out of the ordinary, Mr Fox said it was the thanks that made it all worthwhile.

"People have been delightful, and so grateful - even to the point of being embarrassed," he said.

Mrs Fox agreed.

"It's been fabulous - we've made some very good friends who we will continue to keep in touch with," she said.

"There's been no downside to it at all."

Mrs Fox said the couple were fortunate to have their bus - decked out as their motor home - which they could live in.

She said the bus would take them from property to property as they repaired each home.

"We just stay on site," she said.

Six months on and the Fox's are preparing to head home - the long way.

"We'll do some sightseeing on the way back," Mrs Fox said.

The couple had originally planned to travel Australia, but decided to postpone their trip when they heard Bundaberg needed help.

A farewell morning tea was held for the couple yesterday at the Salvation Army's Tom Quinn Community Centre.

Topics:  bundaberg editors picks floods 2013 western australia



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