FOUND: Graeme (no surname supplied) was happy to be reunited with a commitment ring he thought was lost.
FOUND: Graeme (no surname supplied) was happy to be reunited with a commitment ring he thought was lost. Cathy Adams

It’s a beautiful ring thing

SOMETIMES we all need a reminder there are good people in this world.

Earlier this week, Graeme got one of those reminders.

After losing his commitment ring outside the Goolmangar General Store, the distraught Lismore man didn't know what he was going to do.

"My partner gave me the ring for our 30th anniversary and it's very special to me," Graeme, who did not want his surname published, said.

"I couldn't sleep at all the night I lost it."

In a state of despair, Graeme phoned a friend who owned a metal detector and the next day after work scoured the road side on the way out to Nimbin where he had been working the previous day.

"The detector was picking up everything in the long grass; I didn't believe I would ever find the ring,"

As a final resort, Graeme went back to Goolmangar General Store and described his ring to store owner Kirstin Paterson and lo and behold, she pulled it out from behind the counter.

HAPPY CHAPPIE: Graeme (right) thanks John Murrell-Orgill who handed in Graeme’s lost friendship ring.
HAPPY CHAPPIE: Graeme (right) thanks John Murrell-Orgill who handed in Graeme’s lost friendship ring. Cathy Adams

It turns out the finder of the ring, John Murrell-Orgill, had jokingly proposed to Mrs Paterson with the ring when he returned it.

"On Tuesday morning we decided to stop at the Goolmangar Shop on the way to work and when I stepped back into the truck the ring was at my feet," Mr Murrell-Orgill said.

"It looked like a special ring and I felt sure if it was me I would want it returned and with karma and everything, I thought it would have been bad luck to keep it."

Graeme said the monetary value of the ring was irrelevant and its value lay in the meaning of the ring and that is why he was so thankful to get it back.

"Money can be replaced but this is something in my life that is a very important thing as it's a symbol of long-term relationship," Graeme said.

"John made me realise there are still people out there who see something and return it and that is something that is starting to be rare these days."

Graeme also thanked the store owner for her help and in true Australian fashion gave Mr Murrell-Orgill two cases of beer to say thank you.

"In a small community it's nice to know people are looking out for each other," Mrs Paterson said.


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