One stranger’s kindness | Parade

SNAPSHOT: Eglinton Public School student Lachlan Robinson-Carroll (right) with his class mates, enjoying the Multi Sports day on Tuesday.
SNAPSHOT: Eglinton Public School student Lachlan Robinson-Carroll (right) with his class mates, enjoying the Multi Sports day on Tuesday.

THERE’S never a shortage of bad news stories in the world of newspapers, so it’s always nice when we get the chance to share a happy tale.

Bathurst man Ray White dropped into the office this week to share with Parade his experience at the Stockland Shopping Centre last Friday.

Ray and his wife, both aged in their 80s, had done their shopping and were wheeling their trolley carefully down the ramp to the car park when they were approached by a lady they did not know.

Ray takes up the story: “The lady came up to us and offered to help,” he said.

“We said we were right and she asked ‘are you sure?’ and thanked her. Then off she went and we watched her go – she had two children and a trolley-load of groceries and the children were just standing there waiting for her to come back.

“I just thought how nice of her to come and do that, and thought it might be nice for other people to hear about it.”

Parade agrees, Ray. We’re always happy to hear about the many good people we have living in our community.

Solid rainfall in Bathurst region

It was great to see some welcomed rainfall descend on Bathurst on Saturday, Sunday and Morning, with a grand total of 21.4 millimetres falling across the three days.

Parade has even noticed the little shoots of green grass appearing on the many dry and brown front lawns. 

It now brings the total amount of rainfall for August up to 44.4 millimetres, the most rainfall in one month since April, when 45.6 millimetres fell.

These stats came from the Bathurst Airport, so it doesn’t give a true reflection of the rain that fell right across the region.

Hopefully the regions farmers received a good amount of rain and if the Bureau of Meteorology is to be believed, there’s a bit more rain to come. 

Rain has been forecast for Bathurst on Friday, with scattered showers predicted for Sunday and Monday.

Hopefully this region can receive a solid amount of rain in the next week and make a difference to this drought stricken state.