Dear Editor:

On November 2nd, my world was turned on its head when a house fire devastated the house we were renting.

We had been there just five months, but it was the first place I could call home since I arrived in Canada nearly three years ago. On the day of the fire I was painting the last room needing painting, and I stood back, thinking, Wow, at last a home. I finished painting just in time for what would have been our first Christmas in the house. But thats all gone now: nothing, zip, zilch.

I would like to thank the people who have helped us since the fire. Without them, I personally dont know how I would have got on.

Thank you to the Radium Hot Springs Fire Department. There are no words to describe these guys. They are worth their weight in gold. I would personally like to thank Fire Chief Dave Dixon for all he has done for us since the fire.

Also, Margaret, the time and effort you put into the house shows just how special you are. You know I dont say much in words, but thanks for being you, love.

Richard and Sue Miller put a roof over our heads in the immediate aftermath. Not only our boss, but truly good friends.

Floyd and Shelan Verge were also a huge help. Theres not much to say about Floyd; you all know what this man does for the community. With Shelan by his side, what a team. Truly good friends.

Jim and Pam Spiers from the Picadilly Hotel provided me a warm, comfy room, without hesitation. They are special people indeed.

Thanks also to Mark Bayek for helping me keep my chin up and keeping me smiling when deep down I was hurting. Youre a top guy, Mark.

Gary Teare at the Horsethief Pub is a man of few words, but has a heart of gold.

To all my Filipino friends, who are too many to mention, you are all very special people. You will all be close to my heart for now and ever.

And finally, but by no means least, thank you to all the people of Radium and the surrounding communities, and to the businesses and individuals who donated everything towards our benefit fund at the Radium Fire Hall on November 12th. Thanks to everyone who came and gave so generously, and to those who came up to me offering support, kindness and hugs.

I personally will never forget what you have done for us. To each and everyone from the bottom of my heart: thank you, thank you, thank you.

Mark Brough