Sara is no ordinary 28 year old. Her sharp memory and special way with people have helped her bring enormous good to the lives of people looking for something very simple.
Friendship. Conversation. Someone to share a laugh with.
Sara, who lives with autism, lends a hand in a child care centre in her home town of Rockhampton. She knows every little face. She notices when some-one’s not there. She can tell if someone’s feeling a bit sad. And judging by the number of kids who gather around her, rushing in for a hug, they think she’s pretty cool too.
She also goes to an aged-care home every week, visiting a group of older people who don’t get many regular visitors. Some may feel a little cut off and isolated – but when Sara walks in they look up and smile.
“Hello Sara!” rings through the room.
Recently, Sara and her Red Cross case worker Fiona had an idea: they brought both groups together for a day of friendship and laughter. And magic happened.