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Young sisters help out elderly woman

DURING her daily walk home from school, South Grafton High student Leesa Gallagher, along with her younger sister Amanda, successfully completed their good deed for the day.

When Leesa was a block or so into her journey, a 94-year-old war widow called out to her for help - the woman was locked out of her home.

Leesa didn't have a telephone with her, so asked the woman if she could provide the number of someone who could be called for help.

Leesa went home and called the woman's daughter - she was not home. She continued calling and left a series of messages on the daughter's answering machine.

“I just kept on going back to check on her (the widow), and mum and I took her some cold water and offered her some food,” Leesa said.

Leesa called the woman's daughter again and she answered, saying that her husband was on his way to assist. By the time Leesa got through it had been five hours since she initially discovered the woman.

“I'd never really spoken to her before, but I just felt that I couldn't leave her there and we were worried that it was going to get dark before she got inside,” Leesa said.

While this act of neighbourly friendliness is not seen too often these days, Leesa has a reputation for her kind heart.

“Leesa is a really solid senior student and it does not surprise me at all that she helped out a stranger,” South Grafton High principal Brian Heath said.



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