Angel of the Gap

What difference will you make? See-Think-Wonder What do you see? What do you think is going on? What does it make you wonder? thedailywhat: Heartwarming Tearjerker of the Day: The sheer cliffs at the mouth of Sydney Harbor have long been a popular Australian suicide spot. But they’re about to get a lot more deadly — the local man who is credited with talking at least 160 people out of killing themselves since 1964 died this week. Window-watcher Don Ritchie, known as the Angel of the Gap, could spot the troubled ones from his home across the street; he’d wander down to the cliff-edge and calmly ask, “Can I help you in some way?” More often then not, he could. He’d chat with them a bit, then invite them back to his place for a cup of tea. “My ambition has always been to just get them away from the edge, to buy them time, to give them the opportunity to reflect and give them the chance to realize that things might look better the next morning,” Ritchie once said. “You just can’t sit there and watch them. You’ve got to try and save them.” [advocatingprogress]

What difference will you make?

See-Think-Wonder

  1. What do you see?
  2. What do you think is going on?
  3. What does it make you wonder?

thedailywhat:

Heartwarming Tearjerker of the Day: The sheer cliffs at the mouth of Sydney Harbor have long been a popular Australian suicide spot. But they’re about to get a lot more deadly — the local man who is credited with talking at least 160 people out of killing themselves since 1964 died this week.

Window-watcher Don Ritchie, known as the Angel of the Gap, could spot the troubled ones from his home across the street; he’d wander down to the cliff-edge and calmly ask, “Can I help you in some way?” More often then not, he could. He’d chat with them a bit, then invite them back to his place for a cup of tea.

“My ambition has always been to just get them away from the edge, to buy them time, to give them the opportunity to reflect and give them the chance to realize that things might look better the next morning,” Ritchie once said. “You just can’t sit there and watch them. You’ve got to try and save them.”

[advocatingprogress]

  One thought on “Angel of the Gap

  1. riley atlee
    August 8, 2012 at 11:14 am

    What I see is a dark sea with a kind wonder man and in the backround it looks like and the clif hanger of rocks
    but with a fence so I’m thinking it might be a child protetion like he is a grandfather or maybe this where he was saved because it looks like he is old so I am infering he was saved there because they could say 60 years ago I has there. Just my inferince hope i get a reply.

    • riley atlee
      August 8, 2012 at 11:16 am

      I havent read the article I am reading it now

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