Thursday, 1 November 2012

Aussie way

I love the story:

If link is broken in the future this is the full story (an article from Murdoch-hate-media):

>>>"I BELIEVE you should try to 'be the difference that makes a difference'. This bloke succeeds at this every day."

Glenn wrote to us on Monday with a story about his friend - "this bloke" - who loves to live his life according to a simple, altruistic mantra: pay it forward.

When Glenn lost two cars within six months and had no way to run around his family of five, a small token of friendship proved a big relief.

"I've got three kids between 16-20, it's the worst time to be without cars," Glenn wrote.

"My mate picked me up and took me to his place. He handed me the keys to an extra car he and his wife owned but no longer used and told me it was mine."

Glenn's story was among dozens we heard from readers after we called for tales of random acts of kindness.

Based on the overwhelming response, Australia is apparently home to some of the world's most generous people.

Peter O'Brien witnessed a young man at a McDonald's, in Sydney's Caringbah, step forward and pay for a woman, who it turned out was intellectually disabled and was struggling to count her coins.

Some motorists are paying tolls for the car behind them. In fast food drive-thrus, from Sydney to Perth, it's a similar story.

And a few couples have written in relating their experiences of having anniversary and honeymoon dinners paid for by complete strangers.

As Kat of Queens Park commented, paying it forward is "a fun way to make the world just that little bit better and friendlier".

We agree. How could an act of selfless, casual philanthropy, as simple as having your coffee paid for by a stranger, not bring a smile to your face?

Lily Mills wrote to us about a generous and kind man near her local coffee shop.

"When we found out we were unable to have children he organised with the owner to bring out a chocolate cake for us to share," she wrote.

"He regularly gives me free coffees if I am short changed. What started out as random acts of kindness turned into a blossoming friendship."

Jess wrote about her partner and his mate, who put envelopes of cash on the windshields of cars belonging to total strangers near Christmas.

And Anni Richardson had no money in her account to pay her motor vehicle registration, and was about to leave the office, when: "the gentleman alongside me heard my problem, handed his attendant $300 to pay my registration and get any shopping done that I might need before I could get my pay sorted out".

"I couldn't believe it - I don't think the girls behind the counter could either! Now I pay it forward when I can. It gives me a buzz and I somehow feel like I'm paying that gentleman back."

Tell us your #payitforward story on Twitter with our handle: @newscomauHQ." <<<

So Aussie. I'll do the same...

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