June 2015

Life # 14 - Maree Gilbert from Sunrise Beach


This month, Cricks wants to help a kind woman whose anonymous good deed hit the headlines recently.

Last month, 75 year old Geoff Isaac was filling up his car with petrol in Nambour, on his way to a hearing appointment. When he realised he had left his wallet at home, he became quite distressed. The lady serving him said he only had an hour to return with the money.

When Mr Isaac returned later to pay for his petrol, he was shocked to discover it had already been paid by a kind stranger.

The Sunshine Coast Daily put out a call to find the person who paid Mr Isaac's bill, and a very reluctant Maree Gilbert eventually came forward.

Maree is a single mum. Her son, Coby, has autism and she drives a taxi to try to make ends meet. She had been behind Mr Isaac in the queue at the petrol station and overheard what had happened. She decided to pay the bill for him, in case he didn't make it back in time.

The fuel came to $31.90. But what Maree did that day was priceless. To give money to a complete stranger, when you really need every single penny for yourself, is pure kindness.

But a very humble Maree said she was just 'paying it forward'. A few weeks earlier, Maree had been the recipient of a random act of kindness herself. A passenger had asked her why she drives taxis. After Maree explained about her son, the passenger paid her $100 for a $20 fare.

"I was so grateful for that. It's nice to know people care....We should do nice things for each other, out of the kindness of our hearts."

With the help of the Sunshine Coast Daily, we got in touch with Maree to see if we could do anything to help her and Coby.

So with your help, this is what we would like to do for them.


1. Gift Cards

Coles Myer gift cards would help Maree and Coby enormously. If you would like to make a contribution or buy a gift card, please let us know. It will make a big difference to their life.


2. Transport

Maree and Coby would love to go on a day trip together. They don't have a car at the moment, so it's often difficult to go places. SEA LIFE, in partnership with Merlin's Magic Wand, has generously donated a VIP day for them and 2 of their friends. So we would like to make sure they get there in style. If you would like to help with this, please let us know. 

Maree and Coby met with Geoff Isaac and his wife, after he found her through the Sunshine Coast Daily.