Builders step in to help family in hard times

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
Ventura Home Group general manager Daryl Brough, centre left, is thanked by the O’Brien family, Matilda, 7, Anika, 10, Thane, 13, Tristan, Lacey, Thomas, 11, and Ben, 6.
Camera IconVentura Home Group general manager Daryl Brough, centre left, is thanked by the O’Brien family, Matilda, 7, Anika, 10, Thane, 13, Tristan, Lacey, Thomas, 11, and Ben, 6. Credit: Supplied / South Western Times

A Treendale family of seven who have been trying to rebuild their lives since their home was ravaged by fire have been thrown a lifeline by local builder Ventura Home Group.

The O’Brien family’s home was destroyed by fire in November last year when an electrical fault sparked a blaze.

It took firefighters more than an hour to control the blaze, which caused $400,000 in damage, and the house had to be demolished.

With their five children — aged between six and 13 — in tow, Tristan and Lacey O’Brien started the challenging process of rebuilding their family home.

The family chose Ventura Home Group to rebuild their six-bedroom, custom-designed home and it is safe to say their decision was a wise one.

With a big family and a big home, the couple grappled with how they could furnish the house, but that became a lot easier when they attended their pre-start appointment.

A surprise visitor to the meeting was Ventura Home Group director Mark Di Masi, who wanted to meet the couple after hearing about the difficult time the family had endured since the fire destroyed their home and most of their belongings.

It was there Mr Di Masi told the O’Brien family they would be given modern and stylish furniture to fill their new home.

Blown away by the company’s generosity, Mr O’Brien said the family was touched by the kindness.

“A huge thank you to all the team at Ventura Home Group for their generosity and support – it means the world to us,” he said.

Ventura Home Group South West general manager Daryl Brough said the company was delighted to help the family after they had gone through hard times.

“The South West community is close-knit. We all support each other in times of need and the O’Briens deserved a helping hand,” Mr Brough said.

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