PAYING off groceries, coffee and petrol for strangers has earned a law firm secretary a free pop-up party with the Brisbane Broncos.
Rebecca Buzacott has been anonymously buying items for strangers with Kindness Cards, an initiative of Australian online community Wake Up Project.
“It’s just a case of walking into a shop, pre-paying something for somebody else, handing over your money and the kindness card, and hopefully that will get given to the next customer and hopefully the next customer will then pay it forward for somebody else,” Ms Buzacott said.
Her anonymity was compromised when her brother Chris Buzacott nominated her in a social media campaign launched by St Vincent de Paul Society of Queensland last week.
The Catholic charity, along with billboard company and partners Goa, have been inviting Queenslanders to share on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram photos and stories of people who do good deeds in the community, for a chance to win a party with the Brisbane Broncos National Rugby League players.
Ms Buzacott’s generosity struck a chord with the charity and, days later, they turned up at her office with two young guns from the Broncos, Greg Eden and Tom Opacic, and enough food for their whole team.
“It’s not something you expect or you want recognition for,” Ms Buzacott said.
Despite the brief attention, she said she would continue to pay off items for strangers anonymously.
“Yeah, I might have to work hard for my money but there’s more important things in life than money,” she said. “It’s just nice to be able to make other people feel good.”
Vinnies is still calling for people to use the hashtag #GoodWorks on social media to share stories of other Queenslanders who are spreading kindness in their community.
By Emilie Ng