Backyard Blitz Brings Community Spirit Alive in Ballina
Last weekend, family, friends and local businesses got to work on a backyard blitz for one of Ballina's residents, Kate Bourne, who epitomises the true meaning of community spirit.
Kate, of East Ballina, has always been active in her community, always ready to give a hand - working for the homeless, working with Fr Chris Riley and Youth off the Streets, a volunteer lifesaver, local organiser for the anti- CSG meetings, foster respite care for two young girls, heavily involved in the local netball competition as player and umpire, counsellor and a friend to many.
The tables have turned over recent months and Kate herself has needed a hand.
When the call went out for help with a 'backyard blitz' people did not hesitate. Family flew up from Sydney, friends came from Brisbane and the Gold Coast to join the locals from Ballina and Lismore and local businesses who donated their time and services to make the initiative a success.
Kylie Burkett, Kate's friend for over twenty years said "the call to get down and dirty, have fun and do something good for Kate proved irresistible".
For the past six months we haven't been able to do much for her as she struggled with debilitating treatment for cancer. This was one thing we could do and people had responded wonderfully.
The community spirit and camaraderie we shared on the weekend shows just how much Kate is respected and loved" Stacey said.
The idea for a backyard blitz was Kylie's and included erection of a new back fence, replacing and re landscaping two garden beds, renovating patio furniture, landscaping the front green, redoing the front entry and laying artificial grass for Kate's dog, Muncher. Inside the house
got a touch up too that included lots of minor things including cleaning gutters, fixing a leaking roof tile, tightening squeaky screws, relining flyscreens, putting feet on furniture and cleaning windows.
"She would do the same for us in an instant and that's why doing this for her is so special" said Gavin.
Kate's mother, Chris said "I would like to thank the wonderful a people of Ballina, Kate's friends, family and the local businesses, for showing up and bringing community spirit alive in Ballina, for someone who has given so much of themselves to their community.
A big shout out of thanks to Kylie, Gavin, Frank, Stacey, Sandra, Sharon, Chris (from next door), Chris (Mum), Leigh, Natalie, Toby & Coral (Coz), all who dedicated their weekend to give a helping hand.
"When Kate returns from her extended hospital stay, she'll be coming back to a new beginning and a backyard blitzed with love" said Frank.