Swim class rally for instructor devastated by fire
WITHIN minutes of slipping into the water for a swim class, instructor Anna Baque got the devastating news: her car was on fire.
Plumes of smoke and flames billowed from the bonnet of her four-wheel-drive in the Caloundra Aquatic Centre car park about 9am yesterday.
There was nothing anyone could do to stop the fierce fire until firefighters arrived and quickly put it out with foam.
The car was destroyed. Ms Baque had no insurance.
The fire was another blow for Ms Baque, her husband David and four children in a year which has served up health problems and temporary homelessness.
Ms Baque said her job with the John Wallace Swim School had been a welcome comfort and the Wallace family treated her as one of their own.
Within minutes of the drama unfolding in the car park, swim school parents and staff had reached out to Ms Baque and her family.
The generosity has been overwhelming. One swim school parent offered Ms Baque the use of a car, while another handed over $100 cash on the spot.
"I'm just so appreciative of the support they've given me. It's amazing," Ms Baque said.
"When I walked out I just broke down. All I could think of was how was I going to get to my job and get my kids to school in Caloundra from Glasshouse.
"We didn't have insurance, with the financial dramas we've had. We've just gotten back on our feet and this has been one of those things that just got put aside.
"Everyone has been so good.
"It just shows there is still faith left in humanity."
John Wallace Swim School manager Kristy Perkins said the business would be right behind Ms Baque.
"This was just the last thing Anna needed," Mrs Perkins said.
HOW TO HELP
Raffle tickets are available from John Wallace Swim School at Caloundra Aquatic Centre, Central Park Rd.
Win 10 learn-to-swim lessons. Tickets cost $5.
Stay tuned for further fundraisers. Phone the pool on 5491 8799.