The simple things that makes me smile in this Covid ravaged world, (which from my own experience, appears to have made people on the whole, so much more self centred) - are when I come across people who still get immense pleasure from using their skills to make an extremely useful item, and then gift those items to hundreds of people in our city for free.
He did this because the pure selfless art of giving, (after he perceived a need in the community), is still happily but very occasionally alive and well.
This type of pure giving for the sake of helping others is so sadly rare these days. So having just witnessed it first hand at such levels is definitely what makes me smile.
Just recently on Neighbourly a really kind and thoughtful man saw a need for people who wore glasses, and had problems with fogging up of their glasses with our new need to wear masks, devised and made at his own cost, hundreds of clips to make wearing masks more comfortable and fog free when wearing glasses.
Now I have met Ben as I ordered more after he'd had to set a minimal fee to cover costs... and he is an extremely gifted all round kind person. Yet sadly I have not seen on neighbourly any significant mention of his enormously generous act of kindness that must have made a marked difference to such a large number of people.
Ben should be applauded, and certainly not just taken for granted!
This was a hugely time consuming task he took on, in spite of full time work and a young family.
When do we ever experience such kindness for the sake of helping others in need.
Thank you Ben so very much for your gift to our community of both the clips and your kind selflessness.
Greetings, Neighbours. The Palmerston North Heritage Trust's 2022 calendar is called 'Good Sports' and it has images and captions relating to the history of sport in Palmerston North (see attachment). It is available from the level two Heritage section of the Palmerston North City Library for only $12.00. Don't worry if you can't make it into the library: if you email email@example.com with your order, staff will send you an account number into which you can pay the amount, and will post a calendar out to you. Note that the pages on cricket and rugby have compilations of images - see who you recognise in these and other images, and let the librarians know so they can add the information to Manawatu Heritage..
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