REPLANTING: Vietnam veterans Bill Shaw and Geoffrey Fallis pick out plants at Bunnings.
REPLANTING: Vietnam veterans Bill Shaw and Geoffrey Fallis pick out plants at Bunnings. Kristy Muir

Anonymous gardener cheers up heartbroken veteran

COMMUNITY support has restored Geoffrey Fallis's faith in humanity.

The Vietnam veteran was left heartbroken when he discovered newly planted flowers had been stolen from the cenotaph area at Cotton Tree, a place he volunteers his time to look after.

The 65-year-old said he was humbled by the support received after the Daily ran a story about the vandalism on September 13.

But what made him speechless was that an anonymous person had planted new plants on two separate occasions since the incident occurred.

Mr Fallis, of Marcoola, said it was "quite the surprise" to see someone had made such a beautiful gesture.

"I have received a lot of support and people have come down and voiced their opinions about the theft of the plants," he said.

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"People keep on stopping and saying g'day.

"I want to thank the person for their kindness.''

Mr Fallis was given the opportunity to pick up some more plants for the memorial courtesy of Bunnings Warehouse Maroochydore and Sunshine Coast Council.

"I picked up some rosemary, lavender, assorted blooms, daisies and petunias," he said.

"We are getting a lot of compliments about the cenotaph gardens.

"I hope the community keep an eye on the area from now on.

"The theft disheartened me at the beginning but now my faith has been restored.

"The cenotaph belongs to everyone and we need to look after it."



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