From the editor's desk
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.