Honk for a happy birthday

Jasmine Cornelius spent her 20th birthday in isolation.

By Mitchell Clarke

A quirky sign on the side of the Princes Highway proved a positive touch to a Pakenham woman’s isolation birthday.

Jasmine Cornelius spent her 20th birthday on Thursday 9 April in the confinement of her house, however it wasn’t all negative, as strangers took the time to wish her a happy birthday – in the form of a honk.

Ms Cornelius’ family created a sign which read ‘Honk! Jasmine turns 20 today’ and placed it on the side of the road just before Cardinia Road.

“We live just near the highway and thought it would make her day if we could hear people toot,” mother Rachael Pollard said.

“The response has been amazing, a truck tooted for a few seconds which was was great … she’s definitely felt very special being in isolation.

“Thank you to all the cars and trucks honking their horns today after seeing the sign.”

Ms Pollard maintained that Jasmine’s birthday hadn’t been all bad and said the family spent the day playing games and listening to music.

“I also organised a zoom meeting in the morning with friends and family,” she added.


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