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Written by Gloria Bruni   
Thursday, 15 March 2007

Very likely you've had the experience of stopping at the Rubbish Transfer Station with a heavy bag of rubbish and a bin of recycling, ready to lug it off to the approproiate container; and along comes a cheery faced man and takes it away himself. Maybe he sorts your recycling into the bins for you. Always with a courteous and friendly word. That is Jimi Arnold.

I mentioned last month how Jimi and the crew have been donating money to the Sandspit fighting fund – since then they've added $350 more to the fund. But I've discovered Jimi's been doing a lot more than collecting Koha money.

For one thing, his work at the transfer station is voluntary – he's not a paid employee. And during the time Jimi's been helping us with our recycling, we've been helping him.

Over a year ago Jimi suffered a life-destroying injury. Even though his body mended, many skills seemed to be gone and his confidence was shattered. Feeling very down, he started helping out at the transfer station. It's almost impossible to believe the chatty guy who is so helpful was, not long ago, almost unable to speak, anxious in bright light, nervous of people. Jimi has been transformed by helping us.

And at the same time, the Transfer Station has developed a welcoming friendly atmosphere. People stop to chat with each other and with the workers. You might think goodwill is being constantly recycled there.

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