Robb Grubb is driving around Australia. He’s making the trip with his dog Mater in his VW Kombi, sleeping at night in a coffin strapped to the back, to let people know what it really means to be a friend, and to make people aware of the importance of being there for people in need.
Robb calls it “Being a Barry’.
Robb was shocked into action when his best mate, Wombarra’s David Lamb, was diagnosed with Stage Four Melanoma.
“I wanted to be a mate. To do all I could to get him up and about and living life. I organised a hang glide, and a holiday with his daughter at Uluru because he wasn’t able to do this for himself but he’s loved every minute of it.”
“We were sitting in the spa with a Sambucca and David said ‘This is Livin Barry’, and that was it.”
The idea took hold and Robb has now started a website, and organised this trip, to urge other people to take positive action and really be there for people in need.
“This is what we’ve been put on earth to do,” he says. “Barry will be there to be a mate, or to make your dreams come true. It’s about helping a friend smile, and giving a sick mate the opportunity to do something they would never otherwise do.”
Robb says there’s no judgement, no questions, just getting out and about and doing something to make someone else’s life a bit better.
“A Barry doesn’t love you sitting at home. They come around and do something to make your day brighter. It doesn’t matter if your mate has an illness, or depression, whatever. Everybody needs a Barry sometime.”
And he says people have really embraced the concept.
“Everywhere I go I’ve had fantastic conversations about others who’ve needed a real Barry in their lives,” he says. “I really hope to encourage people to get up and actually DO something when their friends are doing it tough.”
Photos thanks to ‘This Is Livin Barry’ Facebook