From the editor's desk
NOTHING brings a community together more than a tragedy, showing real heartfelt acts of sticking together.
Sunday night’s fire that tore through the Whitsunday Shopping Centre complex was a horrific incident to watch unfold.
But what makes an event such as this touch me the most is when small communities jump to help those affected.
In the days following the fire, people have taken to social media and crowdfunding efforts to pledge their support from their hearts and their wallets, making sure these nine businesses have a chance at a second life.
Or in the case of Marino’s Deli, a third life.
It was heartbreaking to read how their night unfolded on Sunday, getting that phone call and the hope their business wasn’t hit for a second time.
But if there’s anything positive to come out of a tragedy such as this is the knowledge of how loved the small business is – as well as the others affected – in the Whitsunday community.
Hundreds upon hundreds of messages have come in, as well as donations on a GoFundMe page. It’s clear their customers want to help get them back on their feet soon; and we hope they will, too.
And we just received word that Fish D’Vine owners have offered their kitchen to Marino’s to do a combined pizza and gnocchi night to help keep the popular deli owners feeling positive.
While it may be some time yet before we know just how the blaze began, one thing is for sure: the community will be there to help pick up the pieces.
Undoubtedly, it’s a pretty great community of which to be a part, albeit for me just a few short weeks.