From the edi­tor's desk

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS - Cas Gar­vey Act­ing edi­tor Ph 4957 0320 | M 0428 067 357

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.

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