All posts tagged: injustice

The Boy Who Needs Our Prayers

The whiff of smoke gets up your nose, doesn’t it? That acrid smell of destruction has become familiar this summer to the point where it lurks right here in my home. I’ve carried it in on clothes unpegged from the clothesline and it’s been known to slink indoors as I kick off my shoes. This smoke that lingers like the grief of countless trees bowed to flames – it makes me think of the grief that has curled around Tasmanians who heard of 24-year-old Sarah Paino who died in Hobart on an early Friday morning a week and a half back, after she dropped her baker partner to work. Sarah was a mother of two. Her two-year-old son was in the back seat and her 32-week-gestation baby was delivered alive after her death. The grief has held such sting because of the injustice, the sad unfairness of a family fractured due to the choices of a 15-year-old boy who allegedly stole a car and was taking it for a joy ride when he collided with …

What Cause Wrenches Your Heart?

It’s the money month. First day of the financial year and tax agents are poised. Now is when we do our sums and hope for a tidy bonus. It’s also as good a time as any to evaluate our focus. What makes you tick? What gets you out of bed of a morning? What consumes your thoughts? Hint: money and “me” are bad answers. A few weeks back there was a little story in this newspaper about a 15-year-old Scotch Oakburn student who raised more than $1000 to send 200 pairs of soccer boots and supplies to Kenya. Lilli Rand’s donation allowed Kimuka Primary School to create their first soccer team. In the story, Lilli said she wanted to give back to the game she loved – she plays for the Southern Raiders Junior Soccer Club and the Tasmanian under-15s representative team. Lilli’s achievement reminded me how important it is to rise above your own circumstances and be aware of the need beyond. Big picture thinking. I get a particular buzz when I read of young people with …