Dollah's story touching thousands world wide

Gympie man, Dollah.
Gympie man, Dollah. Patrick Woods

HIS family is safe, for now.

That is the best news from Dollah's week, but there is more.

"They made contact late Wednesday night," host Deborah Rays said yesterday.

"There is a pretty significant language barrier and I didn't realise they had been out of contact for a week (when The Gympie Times first published his story).

Accepted as a refugee, Dollah has permanent residency, a claim denied his family by bureaucrats and by both Labor and Coalition Immigration Ministers.

The Gympie Times asked current Minister Scott Morrison and MP, Warren Truss if they would help. Responses have been non-committal so far.

But it is the good news that has overwhelmed Dollah's family.

"They are very moved by the care and compassion and support Dollah has received.

"Australians have said, 'You're welcome,' including where he works, at Nolan Meats," Ms Rays said.

"One of the bosses saw him and gave him a lift and asked how his family was.

"People are bringing curries in to work for him and picking him up and dropping him off."

Dollah's story is touching hundreds of thousands of new people a week as The Gympie Times story continues to go viral on the internet.

A story read by 213,568 people by last Friday has now reached twice that many, 429,132, with 4053 people lodging Facebook "likes", 607 comments and 782 sharing it.

On newspaper websites it has now been read by 22,862 people.

"I'm told you've been read in Europe, South America, a friend said her sister had read it in London."

The 52 Lives group, which aims to change one person's life a week, has arranged weekend English tuition at the Sunshine Coast.

A Gympie man gave The Gympie Times $100 after reading the story, saying his wife had cried as she read what Dollah has been through.

"I thought something was wrong and I cried too when I read it."

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