Lee with her children Blade, 7, Loki, 5 and Tarsha, 4, in the River Bend Motel
Lee with her children Blade, 7, Loki, 5 and Tarsha, 4, in the River Bend Motel

Facing a tough Christmas

ALL Vana Lee wants for Christ- mas is a roof over her head. Homeless for the past six weeks, the mother-of-four has spent the time first living in a tent in a friend's backyard and then moving into a motel. "We got four-weeks behind in rent and had to vacate the three- bedroom unit in Kirra we had been living in for 14-months," Ms Lee said. With no money for storage, the family had to leave most of --------------- --------------- their belongings with a neigh- bour and look for temporary% accommodation. "It costs $100 a night at the motel, and even tent sites cost $400 a week. "My entire pension goes into the rent." With no family or friends on the Tweed, the Lees, including two boys and two girls aged be- tween four and 13, are forced to depend on charity to pay for their meals. --------------- --------------- "We have told the younger children we are on a holiday," she said. "But it is going to be a sad Christmas." Ms Lee's partner Roger, who had been working as a Santa in a department store, is also down with pneumonia. Finding Christmas cheer in such circumstances can be tough. "It is the children that keep us positive," she said. "We've got to be tough for them."



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