Tim lost everything to a house fire

I don’t know if you have met Tim Shortland before. Maybe you have. If you haven't, let us introduce you guys to one of the kindest guys on the planet...

Tim is a 40 year old guy from Melbourne, Victoria. He is a son, a brother, an uncle, a nephew and a dear friend to many people - both here and and all around the world. He is a house painter by trade and runs his own small business, employing a small handful of workers. He is probably one of the most honest and hard working guys you will ever meet.

Tim always wanted to own a home of his own, which in Melbourne is no easy goal to reach, with the prices of houses these days. He did not let that deter him, and he saved hard and worked even harder, to get a deposit together to buy his first home.

In 2014, that dream became a reality. Tim finally had his very own home near the beach in Aspendale. A beautiful little bayside town in Melbourne Victoria. Tim loved his home and over the last 4 years put in blood, sweat and tears to make it something special. 

On August 30th, that dream came crashing down and everything changed…

Tim’s home caught fire and burned to the ground. Tim was devastated and heartbroken. Years of hard work were gone in a matter of hours. 

To make matters worse - due to an administrative hiccup, his homeowners insurance are not honoring his claim. 

So now Tim (as a 40 year old single guy) has to service a mortgage for a home that is charred debris. All the while, trying to work out how he is going to rebuild his home brick by brick while financially staying afloat. 

If you have ever met Tim Shortland, you are better for it. You will know that he has an enormous heart. Always ready to bend an ear to listen, to give you a ride somewhere and would give you the very shirt off his back if you needed it. 


We are trying to help Tim rebuild again, and it’s going to take a lot - well more than our target. When you factor in the cost of demolition of what is left of his home, then the cost of clearing the lot -that is just for starters. Then we need to help him to pull together the supplies and manpower to rebuild his home again and fill it with basic necessities - a bed, appliances, and other basic home goods. 

Tim is a proud guy and I know he is going to sweat pretty hard to recoup what he has lost and try and get his home back.  But he can only do so much alone and he could really use some help this time.

If you feel like you can, we would love your help to get him back on his feet. No amount is too small.

With love and gratitude,

Terry, Stephen, Stephanie, Ryan and Dean (and of course, Tim!)
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