COME SEE The Gap, Sydney NSW. Australia.
|BEST TIME TO VISIT|
Spring – Autumn
The Gap is essentially a large, scenic ocean cliff opposite Watsons Bay, with many amazing look out points and alike. But what makes The Gap even more beautiful to us is The Angel that guards it.
Although a beautiful place, it is also, terribly a well known place for suicide. Don Ritchie, an ex Veteran, moved into his house overlooking The Gap back in 1964 and lived there for over 50 years. Over the years he saved MANY lives, his family believe to be around the 400 mark.
In 2009 he was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for preventing suicides at The Gap. He’s reasoning was very simple, “Who could live here and just watch?”. He said whenever he saw someone looking suspicious or literally about to jump he would walk over and often beginning with the simple word hello with a smile and try and essentially ‘sell them life’ with offering a cup of tea and a chat back at his house. Some would return years later to thank him for his efforts in talking them out of their decision. Ritchie, who was nicknamed the “Angel of The Gap”, died in May 2012.
As you walk along the winding path you’ll see many lifeline signs, emergencry phones and small messages of hope. Then you will come across the Don Richie Grove with one of his quotes engraved into a plark. “Always remember the power of a simple smile, a helping hand, a listening ear and a kind word.”
We hope his words and story will continue to save lives. A true hero.