This morning (Sunday, September 13) whilst on our way for breakfast, we came across this young woman laying on the ground. She appeared to be in trouble and I wanted to do something for her. I've not seen this girl before, however, I knew she needed help. It was early and we were walking along the water's edge by Little Street, not far from Forster Police Station.
I stopped and asked her was she okay. "I'm tired and looking for somewhere to sleep" she told me. She looked dehydrated, so I raced and bought her a bottle of water which she enjoyed a lot. Several minutes later, the police arrived. They spoke with her for a while, but could not persuade her to go with them.
I asked the police if I could take her and buy her some food. They agreed, but encouraged her to come by the station where she could call someone. As we walked and talked, I insisted she come with me to the police station where she will get help.
I asked the young lady, what she'd like to eat? "A meat pie please" she replied. We walked and talked together to the bakery and she bought a pie and cake. She now at least had food and water. Probably not the healthiest of breakfasts, although better than being hungry.
As we made our way toward Forster Police Station, she enjoyed the pie and cake. There, she was able to use a phone. With R U OK?, our national day of action just three days ago, we're encouraged to support those who are struggling.
I hope this young woman is safe and being cared for. It's obvious she has problems and I hope she receives the help she needs. I wish I could have done more for her today. I did not get her name or her age, however, she only appeared to be young.
I too have had people help me throughout my lifetime. I sometimes wonder where I would be today had someone not bothered to stop and help.