"To my fellow Australians, never be afraid to speak to those who you feel are in need. Always remember the power of the simple smile, a helping hand, a listening ear and a kind word."
Photo and quote: ABC News
Were it not for Don Ritchie 160 Australians would not be here. He lives opposite The Gap , a notorious place in Sydney for committing suicide. Most people don't like to talk about it. Don has kept watch and saved so many lives. He deserves his Australia Day award because he has shown us that suicide attempts are something we CAN deal with . We CAN make a difference. We are not powerless. He has done so much more than that and the article outlines it, but given we have some very difficult times to manage with the widespread flooding in Australia , Don has shown us we can manage even the unimaginable and make a difference.