Irish families in Perth rallied around to help an Irish Australian family fix up their garden after they were verbally abused on a popular Facebook page.
Shannon Molloy placed a message on the Irish Families in Perth page looking for someone to tidy up her parents’ yard as they are both ill.
However, a man took exception to her offer of $20 an hour and the other families on the page were so disgusted by his response they cleaned up the garden for free.
“It was amazing. My husband is Irish and we are on the Irish Families in Perth Facebook page. I put an advert up as I always see ads for people looking for cash-in-hand jobs,” she said.
“All they could afford was $20ish an hour and within five minutes I had a message from a nasty person.
“I got 150 messages of support and he got barred from the page. Next thing there was a message saying ‘Busy Bee this Saturday’ and they said they would do it for nothing.”
About 30 people, including children, arrived at Patsy and Dennis Forden’s home in Perth and they completely transformed the garden.
They removed all the weeds from the garden, pruned the trees, laid paving to the garden shed, took loads of rubbish to the dump and a plumber in the group even replaced the taps in the laundry.
The family put on a sausage sizzle for the group and were extremely thankful for the huge effort by the Irish community.
One woman who couldn’t make the garden blitz turned up at the house to do Patsy’s hair.
The couple, both 69, couldn’t believe it happened and love going out into their garden to look at all the work.
“They said it was a dream come true. They feel like they are dreaming. They go out several times a day to make sure it happened,” Shannon said.
Mrs Forden suffers from a painful illness called Hidradenitis suppurativa and also had two heart attacks within a year of each other.
Mr Forden was due to get a hip replacement in June but unfortunately suffered a heart attack and the operation has been postponed.