The sudden death of a kind-hearted but vulnerable soul has rocked an affluent but close-knit community to its core.
A Fijian woman named Nulla was well-known in Cremorne on Sydney's lower north shore for keeping the community tidy on her daily clean-ups and collecting cans and bottles to recycle and exchange for coins.
Believed to be aged in her 50s, Nulla was on her daily clean-up and recycling collection run as the temperature dipped to 8C on Monday night when she suffered a cardiac arrest.
Emergency services and locals spent almost an hour desperately trying to revive Nulla before she was rushed to Royal North Hospital in a critical condition, where she later died.
A heartbreaking photo of her abandoned trolley packed with bags of bottles and cans shared online sparked an outpouring of grief on a local community Facebook page.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Nulla was collecting bottles and can in Cremorne on Monday night when she went into cardiac arrest and died. Pictured is her abandoned trolley
Nulla's tragic death has been a timely reminder for shattered locals to look out for the vulnerable during winter and current coronavirus lockdown.
'Very sad to see what remained left of the Fijian woman who collected cans and bottles as paramedics worked tirelessly for almost an hour,' the resident captioned the photo.
'It made me question the kind of community we live in where people turn a blind eye (myself included) at elders like herself doing whatever they can to survive.
'I should have stopped, slipped her spare change from time to time and at least knew her name. I was always indifferent, but the shock of seeing her, made me realise how caught up we all get in our own lives.
'I need to do better,... and be a better human being.'
Flower tributes have been laid at the site where Nulla spent her last moments.
Nulla's tragic death has rocked the Cremorne community. Pictured are flower tributesInsurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The gut-wrenching post prompted residents to share more details about Nulla and their memories of the much-loved