Family?s loss brings friendship



WHEN the Mutubandara family lost their money and passports last week, Sri Lankan mother Chandani never thought it would turn out to be a good thing.

But it did.

Rockhampton's Cameron family found the family's belongings and returned them.

Now the two families are friends.

Chandani's bag was lost in North Rockhampton and contained over $500 in cash and the passports of Chandani, her husband Jagath, and their son Umish.

"How wonderful Australians can be,'' Chandani said.

"We lost the bag on Thursday, started to panic and went to the police,'' she said.

The Mutubandara family moved to Rockhampton from Sri Lanka just three weeks ago.

"The Cameron family found it a couple of hours after we lost it and returned it with everything inside.

"We would be in big trouble without those things.''

Bill Cameron said his wife, Jodie, and two children, Courtney and Jay, had stumbled across the bag near the grounds of Emmaus College.

They returned home and began to search for the Mutuban- dara family immediately.

"We thought they might be worried,'' Mr Cameron said.

"The look on their faces when we returned the bag was priceless.

"It's great when you can help out, even strangers.''

The families are no longer strangers and plan on having dinner together soon.



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