John 'Chook' Fowler and Bronwen Lewis were once strangers but now they share a special bond.
Something beautiful, and sad at the same time, brought Chook and Bronwen together in Nowra recently.
Bronwen, a mother of two, is in the middle of a brave struggle with cancer and Chook is a man who likes to help others.
They embraced each other warmly and shed a few tears because one gave the other a gift from the heart.
Chook, despite living in Newcastle, has a connection with the Shoalhaven Nowra Relay for Life, via committee member Ron Hawthorne, and he bought some raffle tickets to support the Cancer Council event.
Chook did not expect to win first prize.
"I thought what I am going to do with this holiday," Chook said.
He originally wanted to give the $2000 prize, donated by Helloworld Stockland Nowra, back to his mate Ron - a man who had supported the relay for well over a decade.
Then a great idea came about - give the prize to a family facing cancer who really needs a holiday.
Thanks to a stranger's generosity Bronwen, her partner Steve Zillaman and their children Angus (nine-years) and Molly (seven-years) will get a well deserved holiday.
You could see the appreciation on Bronwen's face and Chook is now a hero in the eyes of this North Nowra family.
Words just can't describe Bronwen's appreciation.
Steve said they are looking forward to the holiday.
"We are thinking of going up to the Gold Coast and going to an amusement park or two," he said.
It will be the first time on an aeroplane for Molly and Angus.
Chook, who really enjoyed meeting the family, does not think he did anything special.
"I was just in a position to do this," he said.
"I really just did want anyone else in a similar position would do."
No doubt Chook will be getting some wonderful postcards from the Gold Coast in the future.
The prize was donated to the Relay for Life thanks to Jennie Dicker and the team from Helloworld Stockland Nowra.
The Helloworld Stockland Nowra team will make sure Bronwen, Steve, Angus and Molly have a great holiday.
Relay committee chairperson Cathy Lucas and Ainslie Tweedie from the Cancer Council proudly watched the local family meet and embrace Chook.
The relay is nearing its goal of raising $100,000 and the tally currently sits at $98,000.
Mrs Lucas said this years relay, held in March, was a great success and plans for next years event had started.
"Relay For Life is important to our local community for two reasons. Firstly it is a fundraiser for Cancer Council NSW,' she said.
"Secondly, and more importantly, the relay is a support network.
"Relay is a place where people who have been affected by cancer can come and get support, chat with others who have been through this as well and understand the impact it has on people."
Relay participant numbers increased by 15 per cent this year.
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