Angela Rodger will return to her home this week, 90 days after it was almost destroyed in the St Patrick’s Day fires.
The young Terang mother of four is planning to mark the occasion with a fundraiser for her local CFA.
On the eve of the three-month anniversary of the fires, Mrs Rodger is planning a twilight market so she can “properly thank the CFA for what they did”.
The inaugural event will be held at the town’s Civic Hall on Friday from 5pm to 8pm.
Mrs Rodger has single-handedly rallied stall holders from surrounding communities and is hoping Friday’s market will be the start of an annual tradition.
“My husband Kyle and I were shocked that they (CFA) stood firm and faced the ferocity of these fires and saved our home,” Mrs Rodger said.
“Our neighbours (for one) were not so fortunate and saw their home catch alight in the revision mirror of their car as they raced away with their two young children.
“The CFA and volunteers are our inspiration, our motivation. They deserve our undying support. If this goes well, we hope to do it again for them.”
Mrs Rodger said community support for the event had been overwhelming.
“Terang is a small but robust community and we have had a good amount of support from locals willing to pitch in and help,” she said.
“We are not part of an organisation, we are not affiliated with any group or entity, like you, we simply have a heart for this good cause and want to thank them from the bottom of our hearts.”