Webster, NY — One lost on Lake Ontario, GoPro created a series of events that emphasized the community as well as the power of social media.
On July 4, Westchester’s Ollie Bartholomew and his family visited Webster’s relatives when they lost their GoPro on Lake Ontario during a jet ski escape.
“When I put it there, oh, I knew this didn’t feel very sturdy, I hope it doesn’t break,” Bartholomew said. “And within about a minute or two, when I turned down a big wave, it rang a kind of pin.”
After the search failed, Ollie wrote it down as lost. It was a great disappointment for his family.
“I haven’t been in a good book for quite some time, basically because I knew there were lots of footage and nice memories in the drink,” Bartholomew said.
But thanks to Webster’s DP Dunn, it wasn’t lost forever.
Four months later, DP noticed that he was swept along the coast of Webster Park, a place he enjoys visiting regularly.
“I went up the path there and overlooked the debris fields here,” Dan said. “It caught my eye a bit. I thought it was a funny fluorescent orange rectangle. What the hell is this?”
DP enjoys a good mystery and was brought to social media after downloading some photos.
“Well, I wanted to run it on the ground,” Dan said. But at least do due diligence and make every effort to find the owner. “
He helped Missy Rosenberry, who runs a community blog called “Webster on the Web.”
“It’s really great to know what I’m writing that my blog is making a difference in people’s lives,” Rosenbury said. “And that’s the main motivation for me today.”
She made a brief post about GoPro and the power of social media worked fast. In less than three hours, Ollie was identified and communicated with Missy. After that, DP was able to send the GoPro home.
“It’s like renewing your faith and kindness to humanity, and stories like this will warm your heart,” Bartholomew said.
But that’s not the only story. OLAP was very impressed and asked DP and Missy if there was a charity that could donate in their name.
“I wondered how I could repay my debt to humanity and balance my karma,” Bartholomew said.
DP thought of his friend Kevin, who was fighting ALS and fighting to protect his home. So Ollie donated $ 200 and Missy took part with her share.
“That’s right, and it’s the power of friendship, community and teamwork,” said Dan. “This is an extension of what is already in progress.”
And after Missy posted about this on her blog post, donations to Kevin continued — the kindness that spread from a single GoPro found.
“This simple compassion that Don had was like throwing a pebble into a pool of kindness, and the ripples of that kindness continue to spread,” Rosenbury said. “And as far as I know, social media is sharing this story more and more, so they will continue to do so.”