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The Power of Good: True stories of great kindness from total strangers

The Power of Good: True stories of great kindness from total strangers

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Published by emily572
This is the third chapter from 'The Power of Good' by Mark McCrindle.

The book is a compilation of 70 short, heart-warming stories of acts of kindness by strangers with contributions by prominent Australians, including comedian Jean Kittson, writer Peter FitzSimons, news presenter Tracey Spicer, Youth Off the Streets' Father Chris Riley, media personality David Richardson, Wayside Chapel's Reverend Graham Long, politician Pru Goward, Pulitzer Price winner Geraldine Brooks, and many others.

This is an inspiring look at the best of humanity. From small acts of kindness, 'The Power of Good' shows that the human spirit is replete with noble and generous deeds.

The full book is available at www.mccrindle.com.au/publications and in most good bookstores (Hybrid Publishers, 232 pages, RRP AUD $24.95).
This is the third chapter from 'The Power of Good' by Mark McCrindle.

The book is a compilation of 70 short, heart-warming stories of acts of kindness by strangers with contributions by prominent Australians, including comedian Jean Kittson, writer Peter FitzSimons, news presenter Tracey Spicer, Youth Off the Streets' Father Chris Riley, media personality David Richardson, Wayside Chapel's Reverend Graham Long, politician Pru Goward, Pulitzer Price winner Geraldine Brooks, and many others.

This is an inspiring look at the best of humanity. From small acts of kindness, 'The Power of Good' shows that the human spirit is replete with noble and generous deeds.

The full book is available at www.mccrindle.com.au/publications and in most good bookstores (Hybrid Publishers, 232 pages, RRP AUD $24.95).

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3. Acts of Kindness while Abroad
Marian Arnold, Producer/Presenter,ABC Classic FM
My Knight in Black and White
I was very young, travelling in Europe alone. I arrived in Athensby bus late one night and got up the next day ull o anticipation.But some time ater I let my hostel, I became aware that I wasbeing ollowed through the streets by somebody I thought lookedlike a particularly undesirable character.I made several complicated turns designed to lose him, butto my alarm he was not deterred. I was rightened enough to eelthat i I made a mistake in where I was going, in this unknowncity, I was really at risk. So, hoping to gain some time to think, Isat down at a table in a street-side caé. o my distress he ollowed,and tried to sit down at the same table. But in this caé was a waiterwho obviously summed up the situation at a glance. Without my asking in any way or help he came to my rescue, not only evicting
 
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the man rom the premises but pre-empting every attempt hemade to re-enter, and allowing me to stay there un-harassed or aslong as I needed.I sat there or several hours, stretching out my Greek coeesuntil it was apparent that there would be no urther reappearancerom this man. I was so grateul to this kind waiter, who spokevery little English, and who simply brushed aside my thanks witha big smile. And ater that I was able to go and visit the Acropolisin peace.
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Marian Arnold 
has been playing music on ABC Classic FM’s listener requests program or fteen years.
 
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Cecilia Dart-Thornton, Author, Brisbane QLD
Kindness is Contagious
I was in my twenties and travelling alone throughthe UK. Wanting to be able to reach locationsthat were o the public transport map, I boughtan ancient bomb o a car, drove it around orthree months and sold it beore I returned toAustralia. Te car cost most o my money, soI lived mainly on porridge during that trip, it being cheap andlling. In Ireland, my Youth Hostels Association passbook wasstolen, and Dublin headquarters told me it was impossible to getanother. So or the rest o the trip I camped out in my car, beingtoo poor to aord bed-and-breakasts.One morning I awoke in my venerable Skoda under a gnarledhawthorn tree on a remote lane in the Irish countryside, with nomore than a single house in sight. I had a terrible craving or asteaming cup o tea and some hot water to make porridge with sothat I would not have to eat the gelid letovers rom the previousday. My thermos had gone cold overnight so I knocked on thedoor o the house. A woman opened it. Hot water? She wouldn’t

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