When reading through CNN, I came across the story of bravery, courage, unselfishness and heroism of a brother who sacrificed his life to save his younger brother in the floods of Toowoomba, Queensland. Jordan Rice, 13 was with his Mum Donna and his younger brother Blake, 10 years old, out to buy school uniform when their car was stuck in the floodwaters. When reached by a passer-by, he said to rescue his brother first and begged the good Samaritan passer-by Warren McErlean to save his mother fast. He was the picture of a great son, a cheerful brother and a hero. His sacrifices for his brother Blake have never been left unnoticed. Many in Australia and elsewhere were moved by his heroism and sacrifice and we condole with the Rice family for their tragic loss of a son.
Out of his generosity, the life of his 10 year old brother was saved. His generosity has been my source of strength and inspiration amidst the chaos one got to feel in life’s journey. In these unfortunate floods in Australia, I beg each and every one of you to offer your prayers and help. People in Queensland and other areas hit by the floods need our support whatever it is. We need more than ever to be part of humanity’s quilt, built for everyone and by everyone who cares for a friend, family and a generation of Australians. We are all Australians now more than ever, although we belong to different races, we share the pains and sorrows of all those whose homes were ravaged, future altered and whose lives were forever changed because of this flood.
Jordan Rice has taught me that brotherly sacrifice is what we need to care for one’s own that even in our own life’s struggles, we need to let go of our own conveniences and sacrifice for LIFE. Yes, I knew Jordan could have chosen to live to tell the story but his heroism and decision has outlived even us who remains to be alive. His heroism has outlived even the bravest among us and for that, Jordan remains to be in our hearts, forever alive.
Rest in Peace our hero Jordan Rice. Your generosity of spirit have captured and moved me in these times that real heroes are what we meant to understand sacrifice and love for one’s own brother. Your heroism shall never be forgotten.