THIS year has tested our spirit.
Farmers across our region were crippled by drought, bushfires ravaged communities in summer and a health crisis has brought the world to a standstill.
But it is in those times of challenge where good people shine. Where resilience rises to the top and the qualities that define the best of humanity - kindness, generosity, selflessness and love - bring us together.
It's National Volunteer Week. Throughout the hardship of the last year, those good humans who step up without question and extend a helping hand. They are the engine room of a community. This week, we say thank you.
This National Volunteer Week, Volunteering Australia is calling on all Australians to 'wave your appreciation' for volunteers by sharing a photo of themselves on social media waving their hand of thanks using the hashtags #NVW2020 and #waveforvolunteers.
It's the least we can do for our wonderful volunteers across Port Macquarie-Hastings.