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Canberra family’s random act of Christmas kindness goes viral

Updated December 09, 2015 21:29:57

A Canberra family’s mission to teach their kids the correct meaning of Christmas by spreading very good cheer in their neighborhood has captured hearts on social media.

This year Latoya and Ellie Marks decided alternatively of an having an advent calendar in the lead up to Christmas, they and their four children would comprehensive a random act of kindness.

What they did not know was how significantly 1 of these acts of kindness would mean to a tiny girl in need genuine need of a cause to smile.

On day 5 of Operation Christmas Spirit, the Marks quietly left a Christmas card on a cafe table, congratulating a effectively-behaved tiny girl with a $ 5 note.

“Santa is always watching. He sends men and women to let you know that you are on the good list. Here’s a reward for being so excellent!” was the note inside.

Their gesture of very good-will prompted this message on a Facebook group for Canberra Mums.

Dear Santa’s Tiny Helper … on Tuesday you approached us while we have been possessing a treat at Max Brenner. You put an envelope on our table and promptly left, barely a word spoken.

I could not hold back the tears when I opened the card you left and read your thoughtful words. You acknowledged the beautiful behaviour of my child, who sat quietly consuming chocolate strawberries and chatting to me and my pal.

What you could not have possibly identified, is that the youngster you took the time to acknowledge has lately been separately from their birth loved ones.

Life for a foster youngster is not simple, but via your kindness you have shown this remarkable youngster the spirit of community.

As a foster carer, I can’t inform you how considerably your present of sort words (and $ five) means to us.

Your random act of kindness towards us full strangers has touched me deeply.

I will treasure this memory for my lifetime. Thank you.

The post has since been shared more than two,000 times and liked by more than 18,000 men and women.

Family members overwhelmed by social media response

Latoya Yates stated shortly after the message was left, friends who had been following her own Operation Christmas Spirit posts on Facebook realised who was accountable and tagged her in the post.

When we study it both my companion and I have been reduced to tears… you do not truly know when you do something like that who its going to

Latoya Marks

“When we read it both my partner and I were reduced to tears … you don’t actually know when you do some thing like that who its going to or what their background is, what their story is, and of course we had no thought that the tiny girl that we gave the card to was in fact a foster youngster,” she said.

“We just couldn’t think how grateful they have been and how significantly such a modest, simple gesture meant so a lot to somebody else.”

Ms Marks stated she had not been in speak to with the person who posted the message on Facebook, but that was not the point.

“We have not actually spoken to them … simply because they are a foster family members and they do need to be protected,” she stated.

The Marks household have because been make contact with by a barrage of journalists, and Ms Marks mentioned she and her partner have been initially hesitant to speak about Operation Christmas Spirit.

“I did not want individuals to know that it was us, we did not do it for acknowledgement, we did not do it for any reward,” she stated.

“Lots of individuals began asking for our address so they could send us cards and gift and items like that, which is so wonderful. But once more, we didn’t do it for any sort of reward.”

Ms Marks and her companion are presently caring for their personal seven-week-old newborn infant, but Operation Christmas Spirit is ongoing.

Other acts of kindness have integrated paying for afternoon tea for a stranger who did not have adequate money in their wallet and writing Christmas cards for strangers.

The Marks youngsters have even selected some of their own story books, to wrap up and give away to needy youngsters.

Ms Marks mentioned Operation Christmas Spirit had been so common with her children, the family members may well even stage a second operation next December.

“If they are keen, then we’re keen to do it – absolutely,” she said.

Topics: community-and-society, human-interest, canberra-2600, act, australia

First posted December 09, 2015 21:14:33

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Man questioned over suspected murder of Canberra man

Posted November 30, 2015 15:59:59

A man has been questioned by police as component of a murder investigation into the death of a Canberra man whose body was found on Defence land earlier this month.

Andrew Carville’s body was at Majura on November 19, about three weeks following he was last observed at his home in Evatt.

Police previously stated they had been treating the death as suspicious, but they now suspect he was murdered.

ACT police confirmed they were investigating numerous people of interest into the death of Mr Carville, who was aged in his 50s.

Among these is the owner of an abandoned auto located crashed at Molonglo Gorge.

The 1986 cream coloured Toyota Land Cruiser was observed at Mr Carville’s home ahead of his disappearance.

Police mentioned detectives interviewed the male owner of the vehicle in connection to the death and stated he could not be “eliminated as a suspect”.

A 1986 cream coloured Toyota Land Cruiser wedged in bushes. Photo: The 1986 cream coloured Toyota Land Cruiser located in Molonglo Gorge linked to Andrew Carville’s death. (Supplied: ACT Policing)

The man has been subject to a quantity of forensic tests.

Police are also focusing their homicide investigation on a number of people who have been at the Evatt home, helping an ex-housemate move out of the house on the night Mr Carville went missing.

“Mr Carville was last seen by a quantity of persons who were assisting an ex-housemate move house from his residence,” Detective Sergeant Donna Parsons stated.

“Police have subsequently executed a number of search warrants, with several products of interest being seized for forensic examination.”

Topics: law-crime-and-justice, crime, murder-and-manslaughter, canberra-2600, act

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Canberra breaks Christmas tree lights record

Posted November 27, 2015 22:51:39

The record-breaking Christmas tree lights up for the first time in Civic. Photo: The record-breaking Christmas tree lights up for the initial time in Civic. (ABC News: Alexandra Beech)
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Canberra has broken the planet record for the greatest quantity of lights adorning an artificial Christmas tree.

The 22-metre tree in Civic was strung with 518,838 LED lights to raise funds to aid families impacted by sudden infant death syndrome.

Warning: Videos beneath include flashing pictures and may possibly not be appropriate for individuals with epilepsy.

Thousands of people turned out to see the Christmas Lights in the City display lit up for the very first time on Friday night.

The tree was refurbished with 1.6 kilometres of fake green fir from China and dressed with giant baubles and flashing presents.

It was topped with a 1.5-metre star filled with 12,000 glowing bulbs.

It was the centrepiece of the Christmas Lights in the City display and took a team of architects, engineers, designers and volunteers a year to put collectively.

External Link: David Richards’ record breaking Christmas tree lights display

Universal Studios in Japan had won the record for hanging 364,200 bulbs on a tree for five consecutive years.

The Japanese tally this year was 374,280 lights on a 36-metre tall artificial tree.

Children count down to the lighting of the Christmas tree. Photo: Children count down to the lighting of the Christmas tree. (ABC News: Alexandra Beech)

The display also included an ice castle, night markets and a 73-metre tunnel of lights showcasing the 12 days of Christmas.

Christmas Lights in the City is SIDS and Kids ACT’s most significant fundraiser of the year.

Last year it broke the planet record for the largest LED show and raised more than $ 200,000.

Illuminated presents at the base of the Christmas tree. Photo: Illuminated presents at the base of the Christmas tree. (ABC News: Alexandra Beech)

Canberra barrister and father David Richards was behind the dazzling display once again this year.

Mr Richards broke records decking out his own property in Forrest with garlands of lights more than Christmas for years.

Searching for a bigger challenge, he moved his popular show to Civic for the initial time last year.

External Link: Youngsters dance under the Christmas lights in Civic

Mr Richards mentioned the project was a labour of love, but juggling the set-up along with perform commitments this year had proved a challenge.

“Silly items like, I was on top of the merry-go-round in a tough hat and high-vis, and I’ve forgotten about a court look and had be in court… it was quite unnerving because I never like becoming late for anything,” he mentioned.

Families gaze on the lights in Civic. Photo: Households gaze on the lights in Civic. (ABC News: Alexandra Beech)

He stated he was keen to hold the event running in future years, but he hoped to take a step back from managing it.

“It really is got as well massive, and now it is a project that must be sustainable… it needs a project manager. A bit like Floriade has a modest group of people seeking following it,” he said.

Mr Richards and his wife Janean have currently raised more than $ 600,000 for the charity over the years soon after losing a youngster to SIDS in 2002.

They are hoping this year’s show will raise a additional $ 350,000.

Children watch the flashing lights change colour. Photo: Children watch the flashing lights alter colour. (ABC News: Alexandra Beech)

SIDS and Kids ACT‎ chief executive Lisa Ridgley mentioned the Richards’ Christmas light shows supplied an essential financial enhance for the organisation each and every year.

“We give bereavement help services and counselling to anyone who is affected by the loss of a little one particular, no matter what the cause,” she said.

“To get this sort of help, in an occasion like this, goes a long way to aid us provide solutions to the community, free of charge.”

The lights will stay up until New Year’s Eve.

A girl reaches out to touch a reindeer as part of the 12 days of Christmas display. Photo: A girl reaches out to touch a reindeer as portion of the 12 days of Christmas show. (ABC News: Alexandra Beech)

Topics: way of life-and-leisure, neighborhood-and-society, canberra-2600, act

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Canberra man found not guilty of raping wife

Updated November 27, 2015 17:20:11

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A 26-year-old Canberra man has walked free from the ACT Supreme Court after becoming cleared of raping his wife last year.

Lin Fang was accused of several assaults, also such as biting the woman during an attack.

He was charged with eight offences.

But his lawyer Paul Edmonds told the court the woman had created up the accusation due to the fact she feared if she left her husband she would have to return to China.

Mr Edmonds stated if she was capable to prove domestic violence she would be permitted to remain.

He said she had produced it clear beforehand that she was determined to leave.

“There was a clear motive to make a false accusation of rape,” he said.

“This case has nothing at all to do with rape and is all to do with immigration fraud.”

The trial ran over a week, with the assist of Mandarin translators.

The jury took just two hours to find Mr Fang not guilty of all charges.

Subjects: sexual-offences, law-crime-and-justice, canberra-2600, act

1st posted November 27, 2015 17:18:05

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