Cam era is picture of inspiration
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.’’