Opinion: Share some random acts of CQ kindness

Opinion of Sharyn O'Neill, Journalist:  sharyn.oneill@capnews.com.au

THE kindness of strangers.

It may be only a little thing to do something kind for a stranger, but you never know what a big impact it will have.

For Kylie Raymond's son Jack's 10th birthday the family had dinner out in Yeppoon.

It was also the last family outing before Jack, who has a chromosomal abnormality, was due to undergo surgery.

The generosity of a stranger leaving Jack a note and $50, as told on page two, meant so much more to them than the value of the gift.

And it is something that Kylie will remember for a very long time.

Kylie Raymond with her son Jack Photo: Contributed
Kylie Raymond with her son Jack Photo: Contributed

It leaves a lasting impact on someone's life.

And it doesn't matter how small.

Offering a helping hand. Paying for someone's coffee. Mowing someone's lawn.

They are all simple things that can mean so much.

The reverse also applies.

An incident with the comedian Akmal while visiting Rockhampton in 2009 had a long lasting impact on him.

So much so, his upcoming tour will be the first time he returns to our city, as reported on page three.

Let's make sure his next visit leaves Akmal with a very different impression of our town.

You never know, next time he talks about Rocky on national television it might be to say how wrong he was about the region and he can't wait to come back.

And it won't be a joke.

We know exactly why CQ is a great place to live. That's why we live here, after all.

Let's show the rest of the world why.

Comedian Akmal Saleh explains his mockery of Rockhampton and speaks about Mayor Brad Carter forgiving him.
Comedian Akmal Saleh explains his mockery of Rockhampton and speaks about Mayor Brad Carter forgiving him. File


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