The pensioner who's prevented over 160 suicides

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For almost 50 years, Don Ritchie has lived across the street from Australia’s most notorious suicide spot, known locally as 'The Gap', near Sydney.

From his bedroom window, Don can see people as they’re considering jumping. So he walks over to them and gently asks them if they’d like a cup of tea back at his home. To date, Don has saved at least 160 lives.
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This story was taken from the latest edition of The State We're In - The kindness of strangers.
 
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