Voice of Real Australia: Wife carrying and other random acts of kindness

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There's nothing more chivalrous than carrying your wife across the threshold, across a muddy patch on the path, or when she's feeling a bit weary, right?

So goes the romantic notion - these days it has a whole other connotation, thanks in part to the committee that organises the Easter in the Country festival at Roma in south west Queensland.

The picture says it all - the hardest part of the whole exercise appears to be for the "husband" to see his way through the obstacle course with his "wife" hanging upside down like a sack of potatoes on his back.

Considered one of the seven most bizarre feats of strength events in the world and having a presence in Australia since 2005, it was one of the highlights of a festival that was almost COVID-cancelled for the second year in a row.

There was no-one waiting more for Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to announce that Brisbane was 'good to go' after its snap three-day lockdown than Roma's Easter in the Country president Jenny Flynn.

She had put in months of planning in the lead-up to 2020 and again in 2021, with fridges of grassfed beef ready to be cooked up and served, along with a whole procession of events - bull rides, street parades, speedway races, and star appeal in the way of country music star Lee Kernaghan, and just needed the thousands of guests who'd booked out the town, to make it happen.

In a voice cracking with tiredness on Monday morning, Jenny was able to announce the festival had been a huge success.

She's one of those many 'unsung heroes' that give Australia its character and I hope her efforts across a weekend, where many were relaxing into their holiday, is repaid.

Another act of kindness by an unsung hero over the weekend was reported to me by a good friend of mine.

She had her Easter plans dashed when medical complications meant she and her husband had to stay away from home in a hotel room in Brisbane, not able to attend their son's engagement party in Longreach, in outback Queensland.

Thankfully the hotel staff recognised the plight they were in and delivered a chocolate Easter bunny and eggs on a silver tray to their room.

"I was just so touched by this random act of kindness," my friend reported.

Although the COVID emergency has eased back from where it was 12 months ago, there's still plenty of scope for these gestures of kindness.

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