“We Live in a Society that is like a Jungle, But I Never Thought We had So Many Good People to Make Up for It”

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http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/1630060/figtree-bag-snatch-reveals-true-town-heart/?cs=300

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http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/1669895/boys-guitar-goal-on-hold-to-help-bag-snatch-victim/?cs=12

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•  On the morning of 8 July 2013, Joanna Christodoulou of Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia, was robbed after she had bought groceries for her church group to use to cook lunch for an elderly day care group. As she was slowly turning her car, a man opened the passenger-side door and grabbed her handbag, which contained $150 of church money. The man then ran to another car and escaped. Ms. Christodoulou said, “It was a terrible experience. It was so quick. I was so shocked, I nearly fainted.” Some people came to her aid. She said, “I found myself in the arms of this young man; I don’t know who he was or where he came from. I was trembling.” One of the people who came to her aid was Wollongong NRE Hawks (a basketball team) guard Rhys Martin. He offered to replace the money that had been stolen from her. She declined, but Mr. Martin and another man put $100 in one of her pockets. She said, “When I found the money in my pocket, I was ready to collapse for a second time. We live in a society that is like a jungle, but I never thought we had so many good people to make up for it.” Detective Inspector Darren Kelly, Wollongong police crime manager, said other similar robberies had recently taken place in the area. He said, “People need to be visual, be aware of who is around them. Sometimes people get a bit casual about leaving property around. It’s better to hold your bag than have it on a trolley or seat.” Ms. Christodoulou advised, “Lock your doors in the car when you’re driving. If I had my door locked, it wouldn’t have happened to me.” Mr. Martin and the Wollongong NRE Hawks donated a framed jersey, signed by Mr. Martin, for auction. The proceeds went to Ms. Christodoulou’s church group. Eight-year-old Jackson Paulic bought the jersey with $180 that he had been saving to buy a guitar. Jackson is a Hawks fan, and he wanted to help the robbery victim. His mother, Sue, said, “He asked if we could bid for the jersey, with the money he was saving for a guitar. Jackson said, “Mum and I look at the Hawks’ Facebook every day to see the news, and we heard about the lady who got mugged. It was sad, so I really wanted to buy it to help her.” Mr. Martin said about Jackson, “He’s a really good kid; it’s nice that he wants to do that. He has a really good heart.” Jackson’s good deed was noticed and rewarded. On 1 August 2013, Haworth Guitars gave a brand-new blue (Jackson’s favorite color) Martinez ‘‘Slim Jim’’ acoustic guitar to Jackson. Glenn Haworth, owner of Haworth Guitar, said, “He really deserves a guitar after doing what he did. Giving away a guitar to a good kid, it’s not a big deal for us but for an eight-year-old, it’s big. I know what it felt like to get my first guitar.” Jackson said, “It’s my first proper instrument ever. I’m really happy. This is really cool.” Mr. Haworth said, “If you do something good, it comes back to you. It’s all about karma.”

For Further Information: Joshua Butler, “Figtree bag snatcher reveals true town heart.” Illawarra Mercury (New South Wales, Australia). 11 July 2013

http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/1630060/figtree-bag-snatch-reveals-true-town-heart/?cs=300

For Further Information: Joshua Butler, “Boy’s guitar goal on hold to help bag snatch victim.” Illawarra Mercury (New South Wales, Australia). 30 July 2013

http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/1669895/boys-guitar-goal-on-hold-to-help-bag-snatch-victim/?cs=12

For Further Information: Joshua Butler, “Kind Jackson gets his guitar at last.” Illawarra Mercury (New South Wales, Australia). 4 August 2013

http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/1682417/kind-jackson-gets-his-guitar-at-last/?src=rss

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