They say what goes around, comes around. The cliche rings true for Jackson Paulic, whose good deed to help a lady he never met has been recognised with a lovely reward.
Eight-year-old Jackson, of Horsley, last week bought a Wollongong Hawks jersey at auction. Hawks point guard Rhys Martin had put the signed, framed singlet up for sale to raise money for Joanna Christodoulou, who had her bag – containing $150 of her church’s money – snatched at Figtree.
Jackson had been saving for a guitar, but instead put his savings towards buying the jersey.
‘‘It was sad so I really wanted to buy it to help her,’’ Jackson said last week.
The Mercury’s story on Jackson’s good deed prompted an outpouring of support and goodwill across the region, with at least a dozen Illawarra residents and businesses offering guitars to Jackson.
On Thursday, Haworth Guitars presented Jackson with a brand new Martinez ‘‘Slim Jim’’ acoustic guitar in his favourite colour, blue.
‘‘He really deserves a guitar after doing what he did,’’ said Glenn Haworth, owner of Haworth Guitars.
‘‘Giving away a guitar to a good kid, it’s not a big deal for us but for an eight-year-old, it’s big. I know what it felt like to get my first guitar,’’ Mr Haworth said.
Jackson said he had recently been inspired by seeing contestants perform acoustic guitar numbers on television talent shows, and was keen to start learning how to play.
‘‘It’s my first proper instrument ever,’’ he said.
‘‘I’m really happy. This is really cool.’’
Mr Haworth said he wanted to show people that good deeds do get noticed, and should be rewarded.
‘‘If you do something good, it comes back to you,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s all about karma.’’
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