Community spirit rallies behind Ron
COMMUNITY spirit can come in many different forms
But the community spirit and compassion shown towards Ron Jones when it learnt he had been attacked in his own home was unprecedented.
The community was outraged someone living among them could subject one of its senior citizens to such a brutal and violent ordeal.
Faceless strangers felt compelled to help - the people of Ipswich led by the mayor rallied behind one of its own.
They wanted to ensure Mr Jones could return to his home and most importantly feel safe.
While Mr Jones lay recovering in hospital those faceless strangers got to work to ensure it became a reality.
Bars were installed across all his windows, sensor lights installed at all doorways, the house was given a lick of paint, carpets replaced and general security upgraded.
Mr Jones wanted only one thing when he returned to his home of more than fifty years - to say thank you to the community.
Mr Jones held back tears when Mayor Paul Pisasale dropped by this week to check to see how he was going. "I want to thank you and the community for everything you have done for me," he said.
"I really wanted to shake your hand and look you in the eyes and say thank you for absolutely everything.
"I feel much safer living here now . . . I still cannot believe you and the community did all this for me, I am no one."
Cr Pisasale said he felt proud to be able to accept Mr Jones's heartfelt thanks on behalf of the Ipswich community.