Ruth Purnell with daughter Zavier and two-year-old helper Aria Dowsett paint rocks to hide in Maryborough's parks.
Ruth Purnell with daughter Zavier and two-year-old helper Aria Dowsett paint rocks to hide in Maryborough's parks. Boni Holmes

Rock craze takes off in M'boro

A MARYBORUGH mum has joined the latest rock-hiding craze to spread smiles and kindness throughout the region.

Ruth Purnell joined the Facebook group Mboro Rocks last year and started painting rocks as a form of therapy, following surgery four months ago.

She said she loved seeing the pictures posted of rocks being found and loved.

"The idea is that it brings them a smile and makes them happy," she said.

"They can either keep it or re-hide it or give it away as a present or do whatever they want with it."

 

Maryborough artist Ruth Purnell hoping to bring smiles and kindness through the Keep or Rehide Maryborough Rocks craze.
Maryborough artist Ruth Purnell hoping to bring smiles and kindness through the Keep or Rehide Maryborough Rocks craze. Boni Holmes

The artist and rock lover loves seeing her rocks travel to places like Brisbane and overseas.

She said people were finding painted rocks smashed and thrown into bushes and wanted to create awareness.

"We talk to lots of people who find the rocks but don't know what to do with them," she said.

The idea is if you take a rock, you replace it with another, Ms Purnell said.

M'boro rockers have been tagging the painted rocks with Mboro Rocks Keep or Re-hide so people know what to do with them.

Mr Purnell said the Facebook group was the best she had ever been part of.

 

Ruth Purnell with daughter Zavier and two-year-old helper Aria Dowsett paint rocks to hide in Maryborough's parks.
HIDE AND SEEK: Ruth Purnell with daughter Zavier and two-year-old helper Aria Dowsett paint rocks to hide in Maryborough's parks. Boni Holmes

"It is such a lovely community thing - it is a really good kindness project. I have developed new friendships and have people join me when I post I am doing a drop," she said.

Ms Purnell said she would like to see a bit more appreciation for the movement and is looking to start morning or afternoon get-togethers.

Visit Mboro Rocks on Facebook for more information.