Still paying forward
ROS Worthington is largely known for her philanthropy.
But she is also a daughter, sister, widow, mother, aunty and grandmother.
In her new book The Power of Giving, Ros shares stories from her life and there is one recurring theme: paying it forward.
Launched at Cancer Support WA this month, the book includes a foreword by former Australian cricketer Justin Langer and talks about Ros’s early years in foster care and the moment those four words – the power of giving – first affected her life.
The 65-year-old, who celebrated her birthday a day after the book launch, said the moment her friend and employer handed over her first pay cheque, she realised they were paying it forward and she needed to continue that.
Since then, Ros has brought the Make-a-Wish Foundation to Perth, established Breast Cancer Care WA, worked with Lifeline WA and founded the Love Angels Foundation teaching young people to pay it forward.
“When I leave this world I will leave knowing that my children and the children I have mentored will make it a better place,” she said.
Ros’s granddaughter Jasmin Brennan is one of those people.
Jasmin was born the day Ros’s husband Ross “Roscoe” Worthington was buried. He committed suicide. Ros said that while people were talking more about depression and suicide, the statistics had not improved.
“But we are making a difference and people are reaching out more,” she said.
The Power of Giving is available online at www.rosworthington.com.au and at The Bodhi Tree bookshop, Mt Hawthorn.