Ran­dom act of kind­ness a nat­u­ral fit

Geraldton Guardian - - NEWS - Tamra Carr

When 22-year-old Wilton Coun­cil­lor gave a full plate of cooked sausages to a home­less man who had been rum­mag­ing through bins at Rigters IGA re­cently, he walked away know­ing he had done his good deed for the day.

The Beach­lands res­i­dent said he and his mother had just learnt his nephew had fallen ill, and the birth­day party they were trav­el­ling to had been can­celled.

Mr Coun­cil­lor won­dered what he was go­ing to do with sausages bought for the birth­day bash, but when he saw the home­less man, he had his an­swer.

“His eyes just lit up and he had such a smile on his face,” Mr Coun­cil­lor re­called.

“I think I prob­a­bly made his day.” Mr Coun­cil­lor’s good deed was per­formed a day af­ter the con­clu­sion of Anti-Poverty Week, an Oc­to­ber 14 to Oc­to­ber 20 ini­tia­tive in which Aus­tralians were en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate in ac­tiv­i­ties that would help re­duce poverty and hard­ship.

The 2016 Cen­sus re­vealed an es­ti­mated 8200 peo­ple were sleep­ing in im­pro­vised dwellings, tents or out­side.

Mean­while, the Com­mon­wealth re­ported that roughly 189,000 ap­pli­cants were on the wait­ing list for so­cial hous­ing in the 2016-17 fi­nan­cial year.

Mr Coun­cil­lor said he just imag­ined what it would be like if he were in the shoes of the strug­gling and sud­denly, help­ing be­comes se­cond na­ture.

“Nor­mally I just keep to my­self and keep quiet,” Mr Coun­cil­lor ad­mit­ted. “But when you see some­one like this, you can’t just walk past them, you have to help.

“Just give them what­ever you can.”

Mr Coun­cil­lor has lived in Ger­ald­ton for less than a year.

He had pre­vi­ously lived in Kar­ratha.

He con­sid­ers him­self a proud Ya­matji man raised to be kind and help oth­ers.

Pic­ture: Tamra Carr

Wilton Coun­cil­lor said his Chris­tian up­bring­ing had taught him to be kind and to help oth­ers.

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