Man Who Invites Suicide Jumpers for Tea Wins National Honor

Man Who Invites Suicide Jumpers for Tea Wins National Honor

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Sydney, Australia - The Gap cliffsDon Ritchie bought his house for the beautiful views it affords of Sydney Harbor and “the Gap,” from tall sandstone cliffs. Rather than simply admiring those views, though, he has spent the past 40 or so years persuading tortured souls not to jump to their deaths.

He’s been awarded the Order of Australia (the nation’s second highest honor) for averting hundreds of would-be suicides by approaching people and offering them a cup of tea.

‘I used to sell kitchen scales and bacon cutters,’ he says. Now, ‘I’m trying to sell people life.’

(READ the story in the CS Monitor)

 

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