Formerly Homeless Gold Coast Man Spreads Love This Valentine's Day

Big Issue vendor hands out free roses

13 February 2018

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A Gold Coast man who used to be homeless is putting a smile on people's faces this Valentines Day.

A heartwarming story going viral online, tells how Cameron is handing out 100 roses to strangers at Nobby's Beach this morning.

Cameron told local wedding videographer Lance Smith he makes $35 a day at best selling Big Issue Magazines, but that hasn't stopped him splurging on roses for people he doesn't even know.

Lance, who met Cameron earlier this week, posted the story on Facebook.

"He has been in and out of homelessness for many years, including a 2 year stint at The Spit, living in a dome tent with his possessions buried in a wheelie bin," he wrote.

"Being diagnosed with schizophrenia and suffering from depression, he has been unable to hold down full-time employment.

"He started selling The Big Issue in December and told me since selling it his depression has significantly reduced, he feels like he has purpose, and genuinely enjoys getting up in the morning to go sell it."

Cameron told Lance he couldn't wait for Valentine's Day, because he was going to hand out a hundred roses just to see the joy on people's faces.

So Lance drove Cameron to Aldi where they each bought 50 roses and Cameron handed them out outside The Shack Superfood Cafe this morning.

Cameron told us he just wants to spread the love today.

"Makes me feel great and I just love it," he said.



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