A resources employee became fatally ill while performing duties.
Alan Walsh recently died after feeling unwell at an undisclosed mining operation near Perth.
“It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing … [of] a much-loved family member, loyal friend and work mate. Alan passed away suddenly from a medical episode on the mine site he was working on,” campaign organisers Derek Hall and Amy Lynch said on the Gofundme website.
“He was 26-years-old, surrounded by the best group of mates on-site and living his best life with the world at his feet.”
The body will soon be transported to grieving loved ones back home in Limerick, 203km southwest of Dublin.
“Alan’s family are experiencing an unimaginably difficult period whilst they wait for news on the repatriation of Alan,” Hall and Lynch said.
Colleagues will remember him as a very upbeat crew member.
“Alan was so well thought of by everyone who knew him, he just had one of those infectious positive attitudes,” Hall and Lynch said.
“Rest in peace Alan. Condolences to family, friends and colleagues,” campaign supporter Gary Casey commented after donating $300.
More than $80,360 of the original $5000 target was gifted to Walsh’s family at the time of publication. Top donors include Lycopodium management and staff ($5000), Doolee Construction ($1000), Limerick Paint Supplies ($1000) and the Richmond rugby football club ($350).
“We have been in contact with Alan’s mum and her wish is to give back to the Cladagh Association and the Kevin Bell Repatriation Fund. We will split the funds raised three ways to help cover some of the families expenses and to the both charities,” Hall and Lynch said.