Woman unknowingly wore her engagement ring hidden in necklace for a year

An Australian woman was surprised to learn that her boyfriend had tricked her into carrying around her engagement ring in her necklace for more than a year.

Anna and Terry, a couple in Tasmania, Australia, had been dating for one year when she received the necklace as a gift.

“I had always loved the idea of giving someone a gift where they didn’t know its true value until years later,” Terry told ABC News.

Terry gifted Anna what he described as a “spiral shell” necklace made from Huon Pine.

PHOTO: Terry and Anna, of Tasmania, Australia, became engaged after Anna realized her engagement ring was hidden in a necklace for over a year.

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“She wore it every day, and everywhere we went, and pretty much never took it off,” Terry gushed. He did at times worry about his girlfriend’s necklace — for instance, “when we went though airport security for the first time,” Terry recalled.

Still, she had no idea what was really inside until more than a year later. The travel-loving couple decided to trek to Smoo Cave, located in Durness, Scotland, in April. That’s when Terry finally decided to tell Anna what had been hidden in her beloved necklace.

PHOTO: Terry and Anna, of Tasmania, Australia, became engaged after Anna realized her engagement ring was hidden in a necklace for over a year.

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“Before we actually went down to the cave, I asked if I could have the necklace to take some photos of it among the rocks, which gave me a quick chance to break the seal with a knife,” he detailed.

And when Terry went to return the necklace to Anna, he opened it to reveal the engagement ring inside.

His now-fiancée replied, “Wait…it’s been in there the entire time?” And of course, later she said yes to Terry’s marriage proposal.

The moment was captured in a YouTube video that’s now gone viral.

Terry told ABC News that although they haven’t made wedding plans yet, the two plan to buy a house before having a celebration “a couple of years” later.

“Hopefully with a bit of land…[we can] have the wedding at home with family and friends in as much of a relaxing atmosphere as possible,” he continued. “[There’s] no point in having a stressed out extravagant wedding, which isn’t us.”

Bride turns canceled wedding into Ronald McDonald House donation

MINNEAPOLIS – A Maplewood woman whose wedding was recently called off turned the canceled nuptials into a charitable celebration benefitting sick children and their families.

Jenna Yorkovich, 23, broke up with her fiancé seven weeks ago, and soon after, realized her payments for the venue and catering were non-refundable.

On the night she was supposed to walk down the aisle at Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis, a crowded room of Ronald McDonald House volunteers became her guests of honor instead.

Yorkovich wants to be a pediatric nurse and currently works at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. She encounters many families with sick children who depend on Ronald McDonald House.

“Seeing how Ronald McDonald influences people’s lives, I thought it would be a great phone call to make and a great phone call turned into a great event so that helps,” said Yorkovich. “It took a lot of courage to do it and I’m doing everything possible to make the best of the situation.”

Ronald McDonald House would not otherwise afford such a celebration for their faithful volunteers.

“You know they call Ronald McDonald House the house that love built and I’m so grateful for the family’s graciousness and their blessings today,” said Jill Evenocheck, Ronald McDonald House President & CEO.

“The volunteers turn Ronald McDonald House into a home. It’s filled with a lot of love, because that is what a lot of the volunteers are able to give the families in need of it, in a very big way, so this is a little bit of our love to them,” said John Yorkovich, Jenna’s father.  “She is the one that pursued it, so I’m very proud of her for doing that.”

More than 150 volunteers were present, many thanking and hugging Yorkovich for her selfless act during a difficult time. The volunteers help serve 5,000 families every year.

“I feel like I gained a whole other family with Ronald McDonald now and I can’t wait to volunteer my time with them. It’s a different form of love and I’m so grateful for it,” said Yorkovich.

In the same spirit, she will also continue with her non-refundable honeymoon, taking her mom to the Dominican Republic instead.

“The support from family has been unreal, so that helps,” she added.

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Indian train network makes history by employing transgender workers

An initiative offering jobs to a handful of members of Kerala’s hijra community aims to tackle prejudice and bring transgender people into the mainstream

They used to beg on India’s train network, but this month, for the first time, transgender women will have proper jobs, serving passengers and selling tickets in the south Indian city of Kochi.

In an effort to integrate trans people into Indian society, Kochi’s metro has hired 23 members of the hijra community, who will start working behind ticket counters and on housekeeping teams before the end of this month.

The new jobs are an unprecedented initiative in India, where the trans and third gender community is mocked and isolated. Though trans women have been given jobs in the past, the majority have to resort to sex work or begging to survive.

Rashmi CR, spokeswoman for Kochi Metro Rail, said the new appointments were part of a wider initiative to make the trains more inclusive. “We want the metro to be not just a means of transport, but also a livelihood improvement project,” she said.

“People don’t interact with trans people. They live separately from society, they are not given jobs, their rights are not respected. We want to bring them into the mainstream by ensuring that people interact with them every day – on their way to work, for example.”

The new recruits have already had training in customer care and taken classes in confidence improvement.

“Kochi metro is the first company in India to accept us. It is a huge achievement for us,” said Vincy, one of those newly employed by Kochi metro. “I feel very comfortable there. The other workers know how to respect me because Kochi metro is recognising us.”

Vincy, a transgender woman from Kochi, Kerala state

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Vincy, one of Kochi metro’s new employees. Photograph: Courtesy of Vincy

Vincy will start work on a ticket counter in a couple of weeks, and is thrilled: “Trans people don’t get work, not even in big multinational companies, IT firms, not in government jobs, nothing. Even when we do get jobs, we are often made fun of. If I work in an office, the other workers for example will make fun of how I walk like a woman. I will be the laughing stock,” she said.

“I hope it will be in all the newspapers and on TV channels and other companies will take notice of it and start hiring trans people.”

The lack of employment opportunities for trans people, Rashmi said, happens for reasons other than prejudice. “A lot of them have criminal records because they have no choice but to do sex work. Plus many of them have never had the opportunity to go to school, so they don’t have any qualifications. You need to have some level of education to get a front-end job but many of these people have been denied that opportunity.”

The palm-lined, tourist hotspot of Kerala, which includes Kochi, is much more liberal and has a higher standard of education than many Indian states, said Rashmi. She added that she hoped the company would soon bring more trans recruits on to the staff.

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Wisconsin police officer to donate kidney to 8-year-old boy

A police officer in Rock County, Wisconsin, is going above and beyond her oath to protect and serve by donating her kidney to an 8-year-old boy who she’s just met.

Officer Lindsey Bittorf of the Milton Police Department was browsing Facebook in early December when she came across a post by a mother in Janesville, Wisconsin, who had made a public plea for potential kidney donors for her 8-year-old son, Jackson Arneson. Bittorf didn’t know the family, but she was moved by the mother’s post.

PHOTO: Officer Lindsey Bittorf surprised a family in Janesville, Wisconsin, with news that she will be donating her kidney to their 8-year-old son, Jackson Arneson.

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Jackson was born with a kidney condition called Posterior Urethral Valves, and his family always knew that one day he would need a transplant. After years of testing determined that family and friends weren’t a match, his mother, Kristi Goll, turned to social media.

Goll shared a photo of her little boy, saying that recent lab results showed his kidney function is still decreasing and he’s in need of a new kidney, preferably from a living donor. Her Facebook post was shared nearly 1,500 times.

“I always knew these days would come, it’s just so hard when they are here. I have reached out before, I am just trying again to see if we can find anyone out there that would be interested in being tested,” Goll wrote on Facebook. “This would be the very best gift we could receive.”

PHOTO: Officer Lindsey Bittorf surprised a family in Janesville, Wisconsin, with news that she will be donating her kidney to their 8-year-old son, Jackson Arneson.

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For a successful kidney transplant, the donor must be in good health, their blood type must be compatible with the recipient and both people involved need to match a certain number of antigens.

After seeing Goll’s Facebook post, Bittorf was compelled to get tested to see if she was a match.

“I’m pretty set in my ways, so if I set my mind to something, there’s really not talking me out of doing this. I was doing it,” Bittorf told ABC News affiliate WISN.

PHOTO: Officer Lindsey Bittorf surprised a family in Janesville, Wisconsin, with news that she will be donating her kidney to their 8-year-old son, Jackson Arneson.

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The police officer passed the initial health test, finding that she shared the same blood type as Jackson and they matched three antigens – more than enough to proceed with a kidney transplant. At 30, she’s also within the appropriate age range and in general good health.

Bittorf said doctors were “shocked” that a complete stranger was such a good match for Jackson.

“This is seriously, like, meant to be,” she said in an interview with WISN. “It’s going to be me.”

PHOTO: Officer Lindsey Bittorf surprised a family in Janesville, Wisconsin, with news that she will be donating her kidney to their 8-year-old son, Jackson Arneson.

Gutzman Photography

Last week, the police officer surprised Jackson and his family at their home with the good news. Bittorf told the boy, “I took an oath to serve and protect our community, and now my kidney’s going to serve and protect you.”

“We hugged a lot and we cried a lot, and it was just a pretty amazing moment,” Goll said in an interview with WISN, wiping away tears.

Jackson and Bittorf are scheduled for transplant surgery on June 22.

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