TO lose everything and come back takes immense courage and determination.
On September 15 last year, Lulu Drew's worst fears were realised when her well established business of 16 years, Lulu's Party Hire, went up in flames.
A staple of the Bribie community, the party shop on the corner of Goodwin Dr served as a melting pot for good times, delivering the island with memories to last a lifetime.
Lulu said after enduring the most difficult period in her life, it was good to be back in business once more.
"I spent Valentine's Day delivering chocolates in my gorilla suit and I've been busy every weekend with balloon orders and telegrams once again," she said.
"It's been hard, but I'm taking the necessary steps to get things moving again."
Establishing a new shop at the Retravision arcade on Benabrow Ave in Bellara, the one-time party mogul is hoping to re-establish herself to her previous glory.
Taking it one day at a time, Lulu said she expected it to be a slow journey back, but was determined to get there.
"I'm working part-time in another job while I build things up again," she said.
"I'm gradually rebuilding my stock and I'm in the shop late night Thursdays and all day Saturday."
Having lived on the island for the past 25 years, Lulu was fortunate to have a solid support base throughout the Bribie community.
Lulu said she was overwhelmed by the kindness shown to her following last year's fire and wished to thank everyone who had helped in her hour of need.
"I send a special thank you to the general public, strangers, friends and businesses that have helped support me through this difficult time, "she said.
"I look forward to the challenge ahead in rebuilding my party shop back to the size it was."
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