Sometimes a little thank you delivered at the right time can be the lift you've been looking for.
For NSW Labor leader and former Gloucester High School (GHS) student, Jodi McKay hers arrived on September 19. It was a thank you card from GHS students and seemed to be just what the doctor ordered.
Taking to social media, Jodi said how touched she was by the small gesture.
"Sometimes a small gesture can mean a lot," Jodi posted on her Facebook page. "During a heated week in Parliament, I was touched to receive this thank you note in the mail from the students of my old high school, Gloucester High.
"They took the time to thank me with this card. It has made my day," she posted.
The year seven to 10 well-being students were thanking Jodi for sending them an inspirational video. According to GHS welll-being head teacher, Myree Ribbons, the idea for the video came about when her department thought it would be encouraging and engaging for the students to receive messages from some of the successful alumni.
"I contacted Jodi's office in Burwood and she was only too happy to give up time from her busy schedule to record the message," Myree said. "Jodi inspired the students by telling them that the opportunities provided to her as a student of GHS enabled her to achieve success in her chosen career. She told them she had really valued her rural upbringing and education in Gloucester."
Students have also received a video from Olympic basketballer, Damian Martin who told the students to focus on what the town has, a great community, who are there to support all students.
"It is important for students to hear from past students in order for them to recognise what a great school Gloucester High School is," Myree said. "It also conveys the message that receiving an education in rural NSW is no barrier to achieving anything you want in life.
"There are many, many highly successful alumni of GHS working in many different fields.
"We hope to have more Alumni speak with students in the future."