Loads of in­spi­ra­tion

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

From time to time I’m con­tacted or con­fronted by a reader ask­ing, ‘‘ Why don’t you print some­thing pos­i­tive for a change?’’.

I chal­lenge them to count up the sto­ries they con­sider neg­a­tive in the lat­est edi­tion against the num­ber they deem pos­i­tive, then get back to me if they’ve still got an axe to grind. They never do.

Some peo­ple tend to tar­nish com­mu­nity news­pa­pers with the same brush they do na­tional me­dia, or sim­ply judge a pa­per by its cover. We pri­ori­tise sto­ries on what we think will en­gage or af­fect the most readers, and yes, these sto­ries of­ten in­volve is­sues of con­tention or angst.

What­ever the cause of the doom and gloom per­cep­tion, I’m not an­tic­i­pat­ing many grum­bles due to our last cou­ple of edi­tions. Last week’s ar­ti­cle on Mary Humphreys’ health woes and to­day’s story on Ti­tahi Bay tod­dler Flynn Brodie – who is lum­bered with a rare, in­cur­able dis­ease – con­vey buck­et­loads of in­spi­ra­tion.

There may be lit­tle ‘‘pos­i­tive’’ about Mary or Flynn’s med­i­cal sit­u­a­tions, but plenty in the courage, love and sup­port dis­played by those close to them.

Mrs Humphreys came through seven hours of high risk surgery last week, which fol­lowed a five­month stay in Welling­ton Hospi­tal due to blood clot­ting in her bowel and com­pli­ca­tions. In the lead-up and since, the North Porirua Bap­tist Church com­mu­nity ral­lied around her and en­sured her daugh­ters could re­turn home from Australia and be by her side.

A cake sale at Whitby mall on Satur­day, that was sup­posed to run un­til 1pm, sold out by 11.30am, rais­ing a fur­ther $1024. That’s a lot of cake.

We hope Flynn is blessed with sim­i­lar com­mu­nity-level sup­port when his fam­ily hosts an aware­ness day for pachy­ony­chia con­genita (PC) – a painful, de­bil­i­tat­ing skin dis­or­der – at Ti­tahi Bay School on June 2.

As well as PC, Flynn suf­fers from haemophilia. His fam­ily reckon it’s highly likely he is the only per­son in the world to be af­flicted with both con­di­tions.

The not-quite 2-year-old and his fam­ily have been dealt a bloody hard hand, and it’s with ad­mi­ra­tion that we re­port their ac­tive, up­beat at­tempt to raise aware­ness and fund­ing via a com­mu­nity fair.

Of course, there are al­ways peo­ple in our city fac­ing tough or­deals, and do­ing so with for­ti­tude, and most don’t garner me­dia at­ten­tion.

But it is the at­ti­tude and ac­tion of these peo­ple – and those who help them through – that de­fine and re­flect the char­ac­ter of our city at its best.

And con­trary to what some may think, we love bring­ing these sto­ries to readers.

Matthew Dal­las, Ed­i­tor

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