Random act of kindness a natural fit
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.
Wilton Councillor said his Christian upbringing had taught him to be kind and to help others.