Sin­gle mum grate­ful for kind act

Geraldton Guardian - - Front Page - Adam Poulsen

A sin­gle mother of twin four-yearolds says she was left speech­less by the gen­eros­ity of a stranger on Aus­tralia Day.

Bobby-Lee Martin was at the check­out of Rigter’s IGA buy­ing gro­ceries with her daugh­ters when she re­alised she was a few dol­lars short and would have to re­turn some items.

But be­fore Ms Martin could do any­thing, a stranger in his 50s ap­proached her.

“He just walked up be­hind me and force fed me a $10 note then left with no fur­ther words,” she said.

Un­be­known to Ms Martin, it was only the first of sev­eral kind deeds to come.

“I left the shop and then just around the cor­ner a car stopped and he jumped out and he gave me $30,” she said.

“He told me ‘it’s all in the spirit of Aus­tralia Day’.”

Ms Martin said she was left speech­less and the good Sa­mar­i­tan was gone be­fore she could say any­thing.

“I just thought, ‘what an Aussie gem’,” she said.

A few hours later Ms Martin was at home when she re­ceived a knock on the door. When she opened it, she was sur­prised to see the same man.

“He told me, ‘I’ve just got­ten a few things for your kids’, then he went back to his car and started get­ting out bags of gro­ceries, but he wouldn’t even walk near my front door again,” Ms Martin said.

It was only when she found the re­ceipt in a plas­tic bag that she re­alised the gro­ceries amounted to $140.

Ms Martin said she did not think it sus­pi­cious that the man knew where she lived.

“I live in the cen­tre of town so lo­cals know where I live; they see me com­ing and go­ing from my house,” she said.

“I’m just as­sum­ing he had seen us around shop­ping, get­ting dribs and drabs, and thought that he’d help a lo­cal sin­gle mum out.

“I just want to ex­press my thanks. You just don’t see that kind of thing of­ten enough and it was just re­ally hon­ourable for him to do that.

“I didn’t even re­mem­ber to ask the fella his name.”

Pic­ture: Adam Poulsen

Bobby-Lee Martin was left speech­less by the kind ac­tions of a stranger on Aus­tralia Day.

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