With the holiday season almost upon us, many people in our community are looking forward to relaxing and celebrating with loved ones.
But we should spare a thought for those in our community who don’t have that opportunity.
Many will be working over the holiday period.
Some, like our nurses, police and firefighters, will give up precious time with their own families to ensure ours are safe.
Our local defence men and women stationed overseas will make do with phone calls and Skype.
Even those working long hours in retail will help us spoil each other.
Of course, there are too many locals who are out of work or doing it tough who just can’t do that.
For them, Christmas is a time of stress and anxiety.
That’s why it’s more important than ever that we pull together and do what we do best in this part of the world – look after each other and look out for each other.
No matter what your religion is, or whether you celebrate Christmas or something else, the holiday period should be a time to think about giving, generosity and goodwill.
So if you are fortunate enough to be able to help out with time, money or gifts for those in need get in touch with one of our great community groups.
And if you are struggling, please ask for help.
Groups like local churches, the Salvation Army and Lifeline (13 11 14) are happy to lend a helping hand.
As always, it’s been an immense honour and privilege to represent you this year.
I hope you enjoy the holiday break and all the best for the year ahead.
First published in The Logan Reporter on 2 December 2016.