Kind act built a lasting respect

SOTE student Oliver Howson impressed Japanese visitor Taka Ko with his considerate gesture.
SOTE student Oliver Howson impressed Japanese visitor Taka Ko with his considerate gesture. Kerri Burns-Taylor

WHEN Taka Ko visited Warwick from Japan last year, one simple gesture of respect and kindness was all it took to make her want to return.

School of Total Education student Oliver Hawson, then a Year 11 student, opened a door and waited while 90-year-old Mrs Ko slowly made her way through.

Mrs Ko's daughter, Keiko Brailey, said her mother experienced such warmth and kindness, she hurried back to Australia less than a year later, primarily to see the students.

"The students were so welcoming to my mother and she was so impressed, she will never forget it," Mrs Brailey said.

The elderly Japanese woman is one of the few women of her generation who were fortunate enough to attend college and she enjoyed a long career as an office worker. This week, Mrs Ko will celebrate her 91st birthday in Warwick, before heading back to Kyushu.

She has also renewed her passport and intends to return to Warwick again.



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