Sparkies are known for their clear ideas and Gary McKenna was created with absolute doozy.
The Irish-born electrician invites Far North Queensland home and enjoys scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef. But when the then six-year-old boy, Khai, shuddered, in 2016, he had an assassination against the bleached coral, he thought.
If Gary grows from commercially purchased cuttings in his own aquarium, why not do the same thing in the ocean to help the world's largest living creature, the Great Coral Reef?
They still remember the three words that came to an idea that became a global support organization.
"Father is dead," Khai said as the two men floated above the colorless coral.
"I have an aquarium and I bought for $ 100 for coral for a while until I discovered that I could cut it with scissors and increase my own. I did one day and listened to news about whitening TVs and was wondering if it was the same things can be done on the Reef to help.
"I did some research and discovered that the coral visit was overseas to help rebuild the reefs, so I started approaching people to do the same." They laugh at me and asked if I have a board. "
The idea of cultivating and transplanting coral was first developed in Florida to offset the effects of coral bleaching, disease, hurricanes and cold acne. Coral colonies were separated from each other and were too far apart to grow efficiently.
It is also in Hawaii where corals are growing very slowly and in Cuba's national waters.
Gary's first call was a social enterprise program in Cairns. He had to know how his idea could be transformed into a tangible solution for the troubled Reef.
There he met with former head of Advance Cairns, an architect and Stewart Christie project manager.
Following the leader of the region's top economic development organization, Stewart understood how valuable the great coral reef for the community and the economy was. It supports the direct employment of more than 64,000 people.
Together, they took up with Rob Giason for more than 40 years of experience in tourism and Adam Smith marine scientists.
In the summer of 2016-2017, after the second wave of the Great Barrier Reef, the non-profit Reef Restoration Foundation was formed, Stewart at his government, and Gary directed the nursery operations.
The Floridian coral restoration expert, Ken Nedimyer, sought to help refine the concept, but Mother Nature was not prepared.
The reef suffered another blow when the heavy tropical cyclone Debbie hit March 2017 in Pentecost.
Twelve months ago, the foundation broke out on a new basis when it received the first Australian license for harvesting, growing and plant coral, which is part of the world heritage.
"After we got the license, we collected 24 corals that survived the whitening and were converted to 246 corals and placed on six coral trees on Fitzroy Island. Frames accelerate coral growth and control, purify, and measure regularly," says Gary.
"Six months later, we harvested another 16 corals, these corals of 40 corals formed 700 corals and four or five times their original size after some 10 months.
"If we drop out of kindergarten tomorrow and we're going to take 700 corals to a small Fitzroy island, then there would be a big difference and we could build up our own dive with 700 corals.
"We started with four different types of coral and we hope that we will involve others in the coming years."
The first full cycle of collection, cultivation and planting ended in August when 100 new coral colonies were linked to the damaged reefs on Fitzroy Island with underwater glue while the 40 mother farms were kept on coral trees to repeat the process.
Now she and Khai urge the population to be behind the Reef Restoration Foundation's Coral Crusaders campaign to speed up the project, expand nurseries and strengthen Reef. Crusaders can accept a $ 50 limit, set up $ 500 for a branch, or $ 10,000 for "tree."
Learn more at www.reefrestorationfoundation.org or follow Reef Restoration Foundation on Facebook.