Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

{Backyard Blitz for Deserving Family} {Transformed in a Weekend}

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

{Backyard Blitz for Deserving Family} {Transformed in a Weekend}

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WORDS couldn't adequately describe Krista and Wes Going's reaction as they arrived home yesterday to discover a swag of locals had organised a Warwick-style Backyard Blitz for them.

The young couple, whose baby daughter Katey has a rare genetic disorder, has spent most of the past 12 months in Brisbane hospitals.

Medical treatment and travel expenses meant they had to shelve their plans for a modest deck and garden at their East Street home.

Not that they ever complained; they focused instead on ensuring their little girl received the specialist attention she needed as she battled Allagiles Syndrome.

Fast forward to a covert plan by their close friend and Katey's godmother, Debby Harrison.

The 21-year-old was determined to help and decided "finishing" those home projects would be an ideal way to start.

"This special family has been in and out of hospital for the majority of Katey's first year," Ms Harrison said.

"Yet they've still managed to raise awareness, money and donations for Ronald McDonald Houses.

"They've kept smiling when they were doing it tough.

"I thought I could try to organise some happiness in their lives."

So she set about organising a backyard makeover - Warwick style.

"I knew they always wanted, but could never afford, to add a deck on to their house," Ms Harrison said.

"Somewhere they could relax and momentarily escape the hectic, anxious life they're living at the moment."

During the weekend more than 60 local tradespeople and businesses made the makeover a reality.

With their time and materials valued conservatively at $40,000 they have transformed the Going's home with a deck and newly landscaped garden.

The generosity of locals has astounded Ms Harrison.

"It started with a deck and then with the overwhelming support of local people, who volunteered their time and gifted us all the materials, it became a whole backyard and front yard makeover," she said. …

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