Helga Piatscheck passing out envelopes with money in them. Leigh Clouston was touched by the “wonderful” idea.
Helga Piatscheck passing out envelopes with money in them. Leigh Clouston was touched by the “wonderful” idea. Renee Pilcher

Helga gives strangers kindess

WIDGEE woman Helga Piatscheck was “paying it forward” in Mary Street this week, surprising complete strangers with a random act of kindness.

Helga decided Gympie should be the first Australian town to take part in an altruistic idea that has taken off in the USA and Europe.

Started by Texan Doc Compton, the mission starts with handing out envelopes with a single dollar enclosed and asking them to add to it and then pay it forward if they wanted to.

The idea is “if you need it, keep it” but if you don’t then add a dollar if you can afford it and pass it on, Helga said.

Helga heard about the idea from a friend, who’d been handed an envelope while she was overseas.

“I thought that’s really beautiful,” she said. “I wanted to bring the idea to Australia and start it in Gympie,” Helga, a pensioner, said. “So about 24 days ago I started saving what I could afford. I hope this might touch something in someone – emotionally or spiritually.”

Leigh Clouston was one of the first people to accept Helga’s gift and read the accompanying letter.

“It’s very sweet, wonderful. Nothing stops you putting more money in and then passing it on,” she said. “There’s always someone worse off than yourself.”

Even though a single dollar isn’t enough to change most people’s lives, the act of receiving it can have a huge impact on individuals.

It’s not about the money, Helga said, it’s about the hands along the way that get to experience the gift of giving.

It’s about the hands along the way that get to experience the gift of giving...

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