York house blitzed by kindness
IN WHAT has been a tough time for Ron and Susan York, a random act of kindness has meant the world.
The couple's son Tim York, a former student at the School of Total Education, died on February 28 when he was caught in a rip at Brunswick Heads.
While Mr and Mrs York were in Brisbane for Tim's funeral last week, staff members of Bunnings Warwick - where Mr York works - went around to their property and began painting the house unbeknown to the couple, a project Mr York had planned to work on for some time.
Mr and Mrs York arrived home on Saturday night to find staff members stripped back the wall on the eastern side of the house, as well as sanding the walls in preparation for the painting.
"It's just fantastic - Ron had tried to start it before but couldn't continue," Mrs York said.
"It's really touching for us - even if they stopped now, it would be a huge help."
"We've just got a feeling of overwhelming gratitude.
"It shows that there are a lot of nice, caring people out there."
Mr York said the couple could not believe the way Bunnings had jumped in to help.
"We were a bit dumbfounded," Mr York said.
"I've only worked at Bunnings Warwick since just before Christmas.
"I think some people experience it with death, where it makes you think about things and you don't know what to do to help.
"I think something like the painting just gives you an outlet."
Former SOTE principal Richard Waters, who was principal while Tim attended the school, said the act was typical of the way Tim would help people out.
"He was a very nice young fellow, very friendly and gentle," Mr Waters said.
"He was very good with people and friendly with the other students.
"A lot of other former students attended the funeral last week, which shows their opinion of him.
"He was always willing to help others so I think what Bunnings has done is typical of the sort of thing Tim would have done."
Bunnings Warehouse Warwick store manager Debby Stevens said painting was the least the store could do.
"Our team is like a family and as soon as we heard of this tragic incident, our immediate response was to find a way we could help support our friend and team member Ron and his family," she said.
"The best way we knew how was to roll up our sleeves and finish the job Ron had started in painting the family home - a project he had told us he had been working on for some time.
"Ron is such a valued member of the team, and with the help of some of our generous suppliers donating paint and accessories, over half the team from Bunnings Warwick Store have generously donated their personal time to this project.
"We know that this is a very difficult time for the York family and we are just a small part of the support the entire Warwick community is providing."