A bright future

A bright future - full story

07 October, 2012

Reporter: PJ Madam
Producer: Alex Hodgkinson

As an adjunct to our lead story about the 10th anniversary of the Bali bombings, here’s a ray of hope that’s emerged since that terrible day in 2002. the Jodie O’Shea Orphanage is a beautiful place that was born out of one terrible night – the Bali bombings.

Sydney dog groomer Jodie O’Shea suffered burns to 80 percent of her body in the attacks. The 29-year old passed away in the days after the bombing, but not before touching the life of Alison Chester, a British-born Indonesian citizen.

So touched was she by O’Shea’s strength and bravery in the short time she spent with her following the bombing, Chester vowed to contribute something positive in Jodie’s name.

Chester founded the Jodie O’Shea Orphanage as a place to rescue and rehabilitate children trapped in another, abusive orphanage that was operating in the area. Here, the children thrive – as reporter PJ Madam discovered when she visited.

“The driving force behind this whole organisation is Jodie. This is a good story. This is a really good story,” said Chester.

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