Good Samaritans return jewellery
HERE’S one story that is definitely in keeping with the spirit of the season.
An English tourist called around the resorts on Fraser Island last week after leaving two valuable rings at Central Station – and when Jay Harney heard about it, he and two friends were anxious to help out.
The woman had removed her rings and left them on a post while she put sunscreen on her kids and she forgot to put them back on.
The rings, an eternity ring and an engagement ring, weren’t just valuable in terms of money – they also had a lot of sentimental value for her and, when she discovered she had left them behind, Mr Harney said she was quite upset.
She offered a reward for the return of the rings but Mr Harney said that wasn’t what motivated him and his friends, Zoe Reghenzani and Brian Harding, to find them.
“It (the reward) was a fair bit – but there were plenty of diamonds on those rings,” Mr Harney said wryly.
“We didn’t care about that – it was the right thing to do.”
After searching for a short time the three friends were able to find the rings and were planning to return them to the woman in the morning.
However, about 2am on Wednesday morning Mr Harney became concerned that she might be awake worrying and decided to give her a call to let her know they were safe.
“She was really stoked – she was over the moon,” Mr Harney said.
“They were really nice rings and she was really stoked to get them back – and I felt good about it too.”
The woman asked Mr Harney to post the rings to Sydney so she could collect them before she made the journey back to England but he feared they would not reach her in time.
Mr Harney drove to Kingfisher Bay Resort, where the woman was staying, the next morning to return the rings to her before she left the island.
“I wanted to see the look on her face when she got the rings back, too,” he said.