THE power of social media and the goodwill of Batemans Bay residents has led to the return of a Surfside grandmother’s beloved engagement and eternity rings.
Joyce Karlish returned home by taxi from the Village Centre last week.
“I got home and realised I only had my wedding ring,” she said.
She called the taxi company and visited what she thought was the Village Centre management office - which turned out to be that of Max Employment. It was no dead end.
Staff member Gary Waddell found a photo of a ring on the Buy, Swap and Sell Facebook page.
“One ring had been found by a man who had been in the taxi, and it had been posted as lost,” Mr Waddell said.
“Half the town was following this.”
Mrs Karlish couldn’t determine if the ring was her engagement ring, but it had fallen into good hands - that of the husband of Batemans Bay Hospital nurse Phillipa Stiller.
Ms Stiller noted the inscription, “Joyce and Leo”.
“Phillipa, who has nursed me before, rang me and said she had the ring, and dropped it off to me,” Mrs Karlish said.
“They were wonderful.
“I was over the moon.”
The eternity ring was still missing, but Mrs Karlish had not given up.
Driver Eric Beadman scoured the floor of his taxi and found the ring.
Fellow driver Simon Valentine dropped it off to her.
“I am so happy,” Mr Karlish said.
“I have had them both such a long time and I have nothing but good to say about those who helped me.”