Velocity Park fire: North Lakes community rallies to save childrens parties

Up to 15 children’s parties are looking for new homes this weekend after a devastating fire at Velocity Trampoline Park, North Lakes.

The entertainment centre has been extremely popular with tots, teens and adults since it opened in Flinders Parade in August 2014.

Velocity is severely burnt throughout as evidenced by the need for five fire units to control the blaze shortly about 9.45pm on Monday night.

At this stage police are treating the fire as an accident while Queensland Fire and Rescue conducted an investigation into causes on Tuesday morning. The results are not known at this time.

From the gloom of a burnt-out building, a phoenix of North Lakes community spirit rose gloriously on Tuesday morning to make sure the 15 kids’ parties go ahead this weekend.

Karen Schuback is the Party and Events Co-ordinator at Velocity.

"It was so beautiful to see everyone’s determination for the parties to go ahead,” Ms Schuback said.

Jan’s Performing Arts offered its building for Sunday parties and The Space offered theirs for Saturday.

 Laser Zone at Lawnton promised significant discounts for any parties wanting to transfer to their premises.

Local food businesses offered donations and other people pledged cash to buy food.

Velocity staff volunteered to donate their time this weekend.

“We are all out of work and should be looking for jobs,” Ms Schuback said. “But they want to make sure the kids don’t miss out on their parties.

“They are a beautiful bunch of people (up to 40 full and part-time staff) and they easily will find jobs elsewhere.”

Ms Schuback is particularly concerned about some regular customers. “We have a lot of special needs groups and it is heartbreaking if they have nowhere to go.”

The party crew could do with some more help this weekend from entertainers, DJs, cleaners, caterers, or general hands. Phone 0449 915 886.

Source: Quest News

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