Still pay­ing for­ward

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch - By DENISE S. CAHILL

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.ros­wor­thing­ and at The Bodhi Tree book­shop, Mt Hawthorn.

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