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LETTER: Ordinary people doing extraordinary things

Lauren Hayden praises the helpers during this year’s floods


During the events that unfolded during the floods, “the helpers” revealed themselves in an overwhelming way. The kindness, courage and generosity shown by ordinary people was astonishing and drown out the noise of social and political unrest that had been going on in other parts of the country.

During those moments of need, people stepped up to answer the call. It didn’t seem to matter about religion, skin colour, social status or political views. It was just human beings helping other human beings through a crisis.

Good things really do come out of tragedy, and the good people revealed themselves when normally they remain quiet. It makes sense what Fred Rogers was talking about when he said during times of tragedy, look for the helpers. It is then that you can see the angels among us.

I would like to thank our community for the outpouring of generosity, service, selflessness and bravery they have demonstrated over the course of this event. They have stepped up and pulled together at a level that I have never seen before. There were people waiting to help with driving, billeting and volunteering. There were numerous offers of food and supplies. It was an example of ordinary people stepping up to do extraordinary things.

Lauren Hayden


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