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Generosity through the roof in Wallan

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By Aleksandra Bliszczyk

A band of merry roofers has come to the rescue of Wallan single working mother of two Shelley Monaghan, replacing her faulty roof for free.

Sunbury-based roofer Rhys Campion was called to Ms Monaghan’s house last month for a simple repair when co-worker James Lucas noticed the roof slats and tiles were not installed correctly when the house was built, rendering it unsafe.

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Mr Campion rallied tradespeople, businesses and suppliers via social media, who donated their time and tools to what would have been a $20,000 job.

Ms Monaghan, who works full-time in customer service, said she had been having a ‘bad run’ when she heard the dollar figure.

“He said over the phone it looks like it’s going to be the whole roof that they’ll need to take off and put back,” she said.

“I was like, ‘oh my god, how am I going to come up with this money?’”
Without her knowledge, Mr Campion started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for supplies, and reached out to the Victorian roofing community for volunteer help.

“Poor Shelley she was devastated,” Mr Campion said.

“I went home and I felt really bad for her because just seeing how heartbroken she was when I gave her that news, it didn’t sit with me very well.

“I went through the roof tilers Victoria social group, I posted on there that I went to do a simple repair for a struggling single mum and found out pretty quickly that the job was a lot bigger than we anticipated.

The response in the roofers’ Facebook group, as well as Wallan and Sunbury community group Facebook pages, was overwhelming, attracting hundreds of comments.

“I was just shocked and amazed,” Ms Monaghan said.

“He’s connected out on Facebook to get people in the community who don’t even know me [to help].”

The works were delayed by a week when some labourers who initially pledged their support couldn’t commit, but after three full days of work, Mr Campion and two other roofers finished the job.

“I’m just really happy that we stuck it out,” Mr Campion said.

“It looked a bit challenging to get everyone there to get it done but we didn’t give and we’re just happy that we got it completed.”

The GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $1700, which has gone towards necessary supplies and petrol fare for the volunteers. Money left over will go to a holiday for Ms Monaghan.

“I think Shelley and her family could use a weekend away at the end of this ordeal and anything left over will be going to the family,” Mr Campion said.

Ms Monaghan said the display of generosity was heartwarming.

“I personally would love to say thanks to all of them for donating their effort and time,” she said

“It’s a beautiful community to come together and put their hand up to help someone in a bad situation and it’s great to know that people band together with kind hearts.”

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