Lift­ing spir­its

Maroochy Weekly - - LIFE / LOCAL LIFE - FIONA SIMP­SON

RAN­DOM acts of kind­ness can trans­form lives.

I was talk­ing to some­one this week who, as an el­derly per­son, re­marked how im­pressed they were by their neigh­bours’ chil­dren who brought in their garbage bins for them.

An­other con­ver­sa­tion with a fam­ily told me about how in a time of great stress from jug­gling the needs of a sick child, oth­ers came to sup­port them with cooked meals.

I be­lieve we can all re­count some of these sto­ries where kind­ness has cut through the ev­ery­day busi­ness to lift some­one’s bur­den. How­ever, it’s good to cel­e­brate them.

That’s why in this week’s col­umn, in ad­di­tion to pro­mot­ing the up­com­ing Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week, I want to give a plat­form for us to “shout out” our thanks and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for those who care for oth­ers.

This year’s theme for Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week (May 21-28) is “Give a lit­tle. Change a lot” and I’ve seen great changes across our com­mu­nity thanks to the gen­eros­ity of oth­ers.

Send me your sto­ries at ma­roochy­dore@ par­lia­

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