Rebecca Cross: our backyard legend

No problem too big: Rebecca Cross with her daughter Amaya. Rebecca is Australia's Backyard Legend for the help she gives to others.

No problem too big: Rebecca Cross with her daughter Amaya. Rebecca is Australia's Backyard Legend for the help she gives to others.

Rebecca Cross from Wallabi Point has been named Australia’s Backyard Legend as part of the inaugural Backyard Legend Day campaign.

Rebecca received not one but two nominations, from Danielle Burgess and Brooke Browne. 

Backyard Legend Day, which took place last Sunday October 16, is a new national community initiative that aims to encourage Australians to volunteer to complete a household chore for someone in their local community who could really do with a bit of help. 

To be nominated as an Australian Backyard Legend, you might mow the lawn, clean gutters, do groceries and any other odd job that would be really appreciated by your neighbor or friend. 

Danielle said, Rebecca has been her ‘hero’.

Danielle is a mother of three and suffers from a chronic bone marrow disease – which makes doing everyday jobs a struggle.

Rebecca has done all sorts of jobs for Danielle, like fixing the washing machine and fridge, mowing the lawns, weeding and pruning and she even converted an old shed into a cubby house for the kids.

A single mother herself, Rebecca has also helped made Book Week costumes for Danielle’s children. 

Danielle said, ‘the list of things that Rebecca has done for her and her family is endless!’. 

Brooke, who is a former neighbour of Rebecca’s, said, ‘she will never come across a neighbour like her again’.

Brooke is a single mum to six kids and said even when life was hard, Rebecca helped make it easier. 

Rebecca’s help has been was more than a few odd jobs for Brooke  – it has been emotional support when times are tough.

When Brooke’s son injured himself on hot coals, Rebecca helped get him to hospital and mind the kids. 

She also went much further than just mowing Brooke’s backyard – she gave it a makeover.

When it was time to move house, Rebecca was there, trailer and all, to take items to the dump and get the home spick and span for an inspection. 

“I couldn’t have done it without her,” added Brooke. 

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