I have never been so proud...

to be an Australian.

After the awful events of the Sydney Lindt Cafe Siege, where a madman murdered two innocents: Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson.  Australians have shown what they are made of - we are strong and we pull together and we do not hate!

When Sydney muslims felt that they may be harassed after the events of the siege, fellow Sydneysiders started a #I'llridewithyou campaign on Twitter, offering to travel with their fellow Australians, no matter their religion or creed as as sign of mateship.

That is what Australia and Australian are all about!

My condolences to the families of Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson and to all affected by this awful tragedy.

My blessing on you all, stay safe please.


Updated: My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the terrible events in Pakistan and Pennsylvania - sometimes one has to wonder if the world has gone mad?  


It's terrible that religion brings people to such terrible acts!
I wish condolences to the survivors!
I wish security to all people of the world!
Kathy A. said…
Well said. My heart goes out to your country and countrymen.
Ariadne said…
So touching! It is good when out of something evil something good starts and prevails! My thoughts to Australia and Pakistan today!AriadnefromGreece!
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A beautiful post...and well said. It was a horrendous crime, but creed or religion has nothing to do with it and your countrymen putting their hearts into making sure all are safe and well and no one is ignored or singled out...that's how the world should react!
Gillie said…
Not even Australian, but very proud of that young woman who started off the twittering, and the hug. So sad today, Australia, Pennsylvania and Pakistan have been added to the list of horrors.

Happy Christmas, Kaye.
I thought the same thing when I saw what happened. I'm so sorry this madness has touched Australia. People's reactions have been beautiful. Lots of hugs to you.
Denise SA said…
Wonderful words Kaye
I dread turning on the news
Wishing for a peaceful new year
Thoeria said…
I'm so glad that people realised that the crimes of a madman should not condemn all who are Muslim. Stories like the one you've relayed makes me think that there may yet be hope for mankind to unite under the banner of their humanity....regardless of race religion or creed.
My prayers to those who's lives are touched by the horrors inflicted by fanatics throughout the world xx
Margaret said…
This is a wonderful thing indeed. You Australians deserve to be proud.
Bea said…
You should be proud - you kept your heads and followed your hearts. Well done Australia!
Barb said…
All of us are thinking about our Australian friends and hoping the best for your country. Often tragedy brings out the best in good people.
Frances N said…
Terrible news--saw it on tv. However, wonderful gestures from your fellow countrymen.
I think the World is very impressed by Australia too. Thankfully these events are few and far between though they have long term repercussions.

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