The ‘Weekly was contacted recently by Broken Hill resident Pauline Keays, who was in Mildura with her mother Shirley and brother Garry for their annual holiday, to tell us about a lovely experience involving two good Samaritans and her mum.
“Mum always gets her weekly groceries at IGA in Merbein, and after she finished her shopping, we placed the trolley on the footpath in front of our car,” Pauline said.
“My mother has a lot of mobility issues and so she was going to sit in the car while my brother and I started loading the bags into the boot.
“The next thing we know, two really lovely young gentlemen came up to us and helped us put the bags into the boot!”
Pauline said her mother was so impressed and grateful, she offered them some money.
“They wouldn’t take anything,” Pauline said. “We were all so impressed by these young men. You only hear about bad young ones.
“These boys have obviously have been raised well. It restores your faith humanity.”
Shirley said, while it may have seemed a small thing, to her it wasn’t, and she was so grateful for their kindness.
“It brought tears to my eyes. It really did,” she said. “I come down here nearly every year − I own a time share at the Sunraysia Resort − and we always pull up at Fishers IGA in Merbein to get our groceries, and we’ve never had anything like that happen to us over all of these years and I’ve been coming since 1989.”
“We came out to the car I had my walking frame and I walked to the car and Pauline and Garry were bringing the groceries across to the car − we were parked right out the front − and this young fellow came up to us and said “Can I give you a hand with those?”
“I said ‘Oh, that would be lovely’ and then another young fellow turned up and they both helped put the groceries into the boot for Pauline and Garry.”
For a moment the family thought something might be about to go awry, but Shirley said they looked decent and she knew they were genuine and just wanted to do a good deed.
“I’m a pretty good judge of character they were well dressed and spoke nicely and had obviously been brought up well,” she said.
“When they came past me I was sitting in the car and I tried to give them some money for their gesture but they wouldn’t take anything I said, ‘Shout yourselves a drink at least’ but no, they didn’t want anything in return.
“I could tell that they have been brought up to respect elderly people and they may even have someone with a disability in their family and so to them that is a natural inclination to help others.”
Shirley, who turns 86 this year, was rared in Sydney, and at the age of 10, she went to live in Broken Hill and has been there ever since. During her working life she was a nurse and also worked in Woolworths and other retail stores.