After he pleaded for assistance after being robbed and forced to sleep on the street, a young traveller was overwhelmed with messages of sympathy and job offers.
Max Orona, 30, left his native Argentina a year ago for a round-the-world backpacking trip, but this week he found himself broke, terrified, and 12,000 kilometers away from home in Sydney.
Mr. Orona posted on Facebook on Monday, “I was robbed, my bank account was emptied, I was left on the street, and I ordered meals from churches.”
The pictured Argentine traveler posted a request for assistance after being robbed and left without money far from home.
His image-accompanied post attracted hundreds of responses and a deluge of job offers.
He stated that the experience of being robbed had left him in “shock” and that he was searching for any type of work that would allow him to get back on his feet.
He stated, “I am facing this situation by myself as best I can.”
“I’m sick and tired of all the scams when all I want is a chance to recover in this beautiful country.”
Mr. Orana stated that he was seeking employment “in whatever gets me out of this situation.”
“Preferably a farm with housing; I have experience with solar farms and cleaning, and I’m eager to learn any field. Please do not contact me if you are a con artist, and if you are not, please give me a chance.
He stated that he had contacted the Argentine embassy, but they were unable to interfere because it was not a diplomatic issue.
His appeal prompted a flood of responses from concerned individuals who offered him advice, housing, and employment.
One person stated, “Yulara in Uluru is always hiring… they provide housing and it would be a good place to get back on your feet because there’s not much to spend money on, but it’s a nice community.”
‘Hello Max! Someone else wrote, “Guman and Gomez are hiring people; I know the payment is delayed, but at least you’d have something.”
A third stated, “We have work for accommodation available at Backpackers 1770; it’s unpaid, but it’s a free bed in a lovely community atmosphere, and there is potential work in town.”
Mr. Orana has traveled through South America, the United Kingdom, South East Asia, and Australia on foot.
Mr. Orana further stated that he was robbed in Thailand and discovered his bank account had been emptied when he returned in Sydney in order to help others avoid the same fate.
They compelled me to use the Commonwealth debit card at the ATM, and somehow… they made a copy of my card information.
When I landed in Sydney, I learned that those men had made many withdrawals, leaving me with zero dollars.
“I appreciate everyone’s concern and words of support. I feared that the message would go unnoticed, but it wasn’t!’ he said.
Now I am individually responding to the messages and employment offers! Thank you for the chance and encouragement to advance my career