Australian ‘angel’ saves lives at suicide spot

31 May

Unsung Heroes: People Shining a Light in a Sometimes Dark World

Australian ‘angel’ saves lives at suicide spot
By KRISTEN GELINEAU
Associated Press Writer
Sourced from: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/37670329/

updated 12:07 p.m. ET June 13, 2010
Tags: Heroes, Don Ritchie, hope, suicide prevention, Sydney, Australia, Associated Press, Kristen Gelineu

SYDNEY – In those bleak moments when the lost souls stood atop the cliff, wondering whether to jump, the sound of the wind and the waves was broken by a soft voice. “Why don’t you come and have a cup of tea?” the stranger would ask. And when they turned to him, his smile was often their salvation.
For almost 50 years, Don Ritchie has lived across the street from Australia’s most notorious suicide spot, a rocky cliff at the entrance to Sydney Harbour called The Gap. And in that time, the man widely regarded as a guardian angel has shepherded countless people away from the edge.
What some consider grim, Ritchie considers a…

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