MIKAELA Loftus of Innisfail has discovered new friends in year six classmates Catherine Bidstrup, Mollie Goodall, Eloise Wilso
MIKAELA Loftus of Innisfail has discovered new friends in year six classmates Catherine Bidstrup, Mollie Goodall, Eloise Wilso

Innisfail kids happy as Larry at Lindisfarne College



TWO weeks ago Mikaela (10) and Zach (8) Loftus had their lives turned upside down.

Mikaela, vividly remembers her terror as Cyclone Larry ripped away at their Innisfail family home, smashing windows and tearing off the garage door.

"I was fully shaking when the power went off and wind started blowing," Mikaela said.

Once the cyclone had passed, Mikaela and Zach found out their school, The Good Counsel Primary School, had been demolished.

However, their lives have returned to some form of normality, with the pair's grandparents now looking after them here on the Tweed.

Mikaela and Zach are currently attending Lindisfarne Anglican College while they wait for their own school to be rebuilt.

The sibling's ordeal of recent weeks has not been lost on their classmates, who have been keen to help out.

Mikaela and Zach were warmly welcomed yesterday with a fundraising event in order to help get their school back on the path to recovery.

The students were able to wear casual dress and took part in a sausage sizzle to raise funds.

School liaison officer Sandra Hawken said an ongoing program of fundraising would be held over the coming weeks to raise more money to help rebuild the pair's school.

? JAMES McLOUGHLIN



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