News

Heartfelt note to homeless man a timely reminder

The staff from PowerMax Computers in Lismore found this note on the bench outside their store this morning and posted the act of goodwill on Facebook. Photo Contributed
The staff from PowerMax Computers in Lismore found this note on the bench outside their store this morning and posted the act of goodwill on Facebook. Photo Contributed Contributed

UPDATE: THE writer of the letter of goodwill that was left, with a bag of food, next to a sleeping homeless person last night, has been named.

Vanessa Rogers, who you may know as one half of the No Frills Twins, wrote an email to The Northern Star today, to say that it was their elder sister Esther who wrote the note.

"I just stumbled across the photo of the anonymous letter that Northern Star posted on Facebook. The person who wrote the letter is my big sister, Esther Rogers," Vanessa wrote in her email.

"My twin sister (Arna) and I were competing in the 'Lismore Young Songwriters Competition' last night, in which our big sister, Esther Rogers, come along to support."

"We went out for a late dinner and on our way back to the car around 11pm, as we were talking about how cold the night was, we spotted a man sleeping on the bench outside of PowerMax with nothing but a hat over his face."

"We felt it was a contradictory moment that minutes ago we were able to grab ourselves a meal and were headed home to a warm and comfortable environment, while this man had no choice but to sleep on a hard wooden bench in the middle of town."

"Our big sister suggested we return home to collect a bag of food to leave for the man. We gathered carrots, lollies, chips, bread and other baked goods left over from her work at 'Brumby's Bakery'."

"Our big sister, Esther, often leaves bags of unsold bakery goods on benches on her way home from work, hoping it'll find its way to someone less fortunate."

"Esther wrote a small letter and tied it onto the handle of the plastic bag. We quietly placed the bag of food on the bench at his feet, trying not to wake him up."

"Esther wasn't looking for any kind of recognition, but is glad that her random act of kindness if helping to raise awareness of homelessness in Lismore."

 

ORIGINAL: WITH all the doom and gloom across the globe, one random act of kindness can provide a welcome ray of sunshine.

Case in point: an out-of-the-blue, helpful gesture from one stranger to another.

Alex Clarke discovered a note outside of his business, PowerMax Computers, in Lismore about 8.30am this morning.

"To: The man sleeping on the bench with the hat," the note began.

"I left you a bag of goodies from my work that was left over today (+ other bits).

"Love, Stranger :)."

The note was posted to Facebook by Mr Clarke and then shared by Mayor Jenny Dowell.

Mr Clarke said the note "made me feel pretty good - all warm and fuzzy".

He hoped it raised some awareness about homelessness in Lismore.

"We do occasionally see people sleeping in the street, so it was nice to see someone care," he said.

"I posted it on Facebook and it's got people discussing homelessness in Lismore, which is great."

Cr Dowell said the note almost brought tears to her eyes.

"I've had a bit of a rough morning, nothing specific, but I thought 'how negative is the world'? And then I saw this," she said.

"They didn't even want the homeless person to know their name. It truly is a random act of kindness.

"I hope the man found the bag of whatever it was and I hope it was a message to that person that people care."

Cr Dowell said the note is an emotive reminder for communities to look out for each other.

"I never want to be mayor of a community where someone dies alone," she said.

If you know who penned the compassionate note email The Northern Star at news@northernstar.com.au.

Topics:  homeless, jenny dowell, lismore




Forget fast food and pub grub - try Casino's new restaurant

Brian Conderan is opening a new restaurant at the Oxford Hotel in Casino called Top Deck.

"This town has never done this kind of menu before."

Body of missing man recovered by police divers

The man went missing on Wednesday after his car was swept off a bridge on Martins Road into floodwaters at Larnook.

Days of searching after car swept into floodwaters

Ballina sports space sold to developer for hefty sum

FOR SALE: The State Government is selling a large block of land at Quays Dr, West Ballina.Photo Graham Broadhead / Ballina Shire Advocate

Rare open green space sold to property developer

Latest deals and offers

Deborah Conway: A String of Pearls, after 25 years

PARTNERS IN MUSIC: Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier are releasing their latest album, Everybody is Begging (2016).

Deborah Conway celebrates 25th anniversary of release

GANGgajang brings new and old hits

STREETWISE: The band at the opening of GANGgajang Way in Bundaberg, Queensland, last year.

Iconic Aussie band returns to Lismore

What's on the small screen this week

Bella Frizza in a scene from the TV series Married At First Sight.

THE Block's $65,000 bathroom is revealed and strangers marry.

MOVIE REVIEW: Life on the Road

Ricky Gervais, Ben Bailey Smith and Foregone Conclusion (Steve Clarke, Andy Burrows, Stuart Baxter Wilkinson, Michael Clarke) in a scene from David Brent: Life on the Road.

Ricky Gervais has brought David Brent back to life on the big screen

Jessica Alba wants tequila shots served at her funeral

Businesswoman and actor Jessica Alba

There won't be mourning at this funeral

Tom Hiddleston's Instagram account hacked

Actor Tom Hiddleston

Thor star the latest celebrity targetted by hackers

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m