From the edi­tor's desk

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS - Sharon Small­wood Act­ing Edi­tor

WHEN tragedy strikes, re­gard­less of whether it’s at home or abroad, the peo­ple of the Whit­sun­days are never slow to re­spond.

In this edi­tion we have brought you the sto­ries of Heather Sut­ton, a lo­cal woman who is sail­ing to the aid of cy­clone vic­tims in Van­u­atu and the Whit­sun­day McDon­ald’s team, which is fo­cused on help­ing the peo­ple of earth­quake-rav­aged Nepal. Also this week, we’ve re­ported on the con­tin­ued com­mu­nity ef­forts to raise funds for Dave An­der­sen, the Whit­sun­day man who was badly burned in a boat fire al­most a month ago.

At the heart of all th­ese sto­ries are com­mon themes – about a com­mu­nity that cares and or­di­nary peo­ple do­ing ex­tra­or­di­nary things. Th­ese are themes the Whit­sun­days is never short of and are the rea­son many of us love living here.

On an­other mat­ter...

The month of May is Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Aware­ness Month, a time when we are asked as a com­mu­nity and as in­di­vid­u­als to think about the vic­tims of this “ter­ror at home”.

Here in the Whit­sun­days we may live in par­adise, but you have only to read the court pages of this news­pa­per to see that al­co­hol-fu­elled and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence are as preva­lent here as they are any­where else.

Now, more than ever, is the time to lis­ten to the mes­sages be­ing trum­peted from all cor­ners of the re­gion by or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the Whit­sun­day Cri­sis and Coun­selling Ser­vice (WCCS).

This year, WCCS are call­ing on peo­ple to trust their in­stincts. If you think some­one you know is be­ing af­fected by do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, make the call.

It might just change or save a life.

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