Bring­ing the tales of he­roes into light

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY - SHARON SMALLWOOD Ed­i­tor

THERE was no short­age of ma­te­rial when it came to sub­mit­ting sto­ries for our De­fy­ing Deb­bie book.

Be­cause of the enor­mity of Cy­clone Deb­bie, the book cov­ers com­mu­ni­ties well beyond our Whit­sun­day shores, but there was one re­gion that bore the full brunt of a cat­e­gory four storm and that was us.

From the med­i­cal team at Whit­sun­day Fam­ily Prac­tice who were busy sav­ing lives in a makeshift emer­gency clinic to the or­di­nary peo­ple who were try­ing to get them wa­ter and gen­er­a­tor fuel, the amaz­ing tales just kept on com­ing.

So many peo­ple went above and beyond, in­clud­ing coun­cil work­ers, Er­gon staff, nurses, doc­tors, SES vol­un­teers, com­mu­nity groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Ro­tary, the Whit­sun­day Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre, Orange Sky Laun­dry, Givit, Aid­taskers, the armed forces, lo­cal vol­un­teers and more.

All of these sto­ries have ap­peared in the pages of our news­pa­pers and web­sites in re­cent weeks and some are now im­mor­talised in the “De­fy­ing Deb­bie” book – all for a worthy cause.

I have no doubt how­ever, there are still some un­sung he­roes out there whose sto­ries have yet to be told.

With your help, we’ll look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to un­cover those sto­ries as they no doubt emerge.

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