Cam era is pic­ture of in­spi­ra­tion

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Guide - GE­OFF SHEARER

RAN­DOM Acts of Kind­ness has had a pro­found im­pact on one of its pre­sen­ters, Scott Cam. Cam (right) might be renowned for his knock­about style on shows in­clud­ing Back­yard Blitz, but RAOK has tugged on his heart­strings like no other show.

Cam says the show, which pro­files three low-pro­file he­roes each episode, is aimed at not only cham­pi­oning the cause of the in­ter­vie­wee, but in­spir­ing oth­ers to be gen­er­ous.

‘‘It’s about peo­ple who are do­ing great things within their com­mu­nity and vol­un­teer­ing and they’ve gone un­sung for many, many years,’’ he says.

‘‘We jump in and recog­nise the work they do and then try to in­spire other peo­ple to do the same.’’

That in­spi­ra­tion comes from sub­jects such as 95-year-old Eric Brown, who has been de­liv­er­ing food to the el­derly through Meals On Wheels for the past 40 years. Or the ‘‘bloke from the bush’’ who Cam says drives ‘‘ev­ery­where across the coun­try’’ hold­ing bar­be­cues for men in ru­ral ar­eas to get them talk­ing about de­pres­sion.

‘‘Be­cause de­pres­sion in the bush is so ram­pant,’’ Cam adds. ‘‘There are all th­ese male sui­cides go­ing on which you don’t hear about. There’s not go­ing to be an ar­ti­cle in the pa­pers about some bloke that swung him­self off the oak tree in the bot­tom pad­dock.’’

Cam’s can­dour on the topic is not meant to be in­sen­si­tive, it’s ac­tu­ally the op­po­site. The is­sue has struck home with him since do­ing this seg­ment for the show.

‘‘That’s the amaz­ing sort of bloke we keep find­ing,’’ he says. ‘‘We gave him a new ute so he could get around a bit quicker and eas­ier and then held a big bar­be­cue in his hon­our. Again we cham­pi­oned his cause and hope that will in­spire other peo­ple in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties to get out there and speak to peo­ple if they think they are de­pressed and all that sort of jazz.

‘‘You could go and find an el­derly neigh­bour in your com­mu­nity and knock on their door and say, ‘Lis­ten, do you need any help? Do you need any­thing done? Do you need a light bulb changed? Do you need the back shed painted?’

‘‘And, you know, I reckon that’s a ran­dom act of kind­ness,’’ he says. ‘‘Out of the blue, go and knock on an el­derly neigh­bour’s door and see if they just want to have a cup of tea.’’

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