Someone commented this week that it would be lovely to experience a day with only good news.
To only read about the positives in life.
How nice it would be to have 24 hours absent of crime, death and hardship.
At The Examiner we enjoy telling those good news stories.
The tales of David versus Goliath or volunteers working together to improve our community.
Stories of people achieving personal bests or coordinating events for those who call Northern Tasmania home.
It’s the media’s role to also tell the stories that people don’t want told.
We also play an important role in the justice system and acting as the fourth estate in the political sphere.
Sometimes it’s telling those stories that would be easier to ignore that creates action.
For example, The Examiner’s Winter Relief Appeal.
For three months we have been telling the stories of those who have donated in hope it will encourage others to do the same.
We’ve celebrated our 60th anniversary of the appeal and highlighted, again, the amazing efforts of those involved in the four charities the appeal supports.
While we take pride in celebrating in the generosity of Northern Tasmanians, it’s also prudent to remind people about why we are doing this.
The real stories that workers and volunteers hear when people seek help.
It’s the stories of the child being locked out of the home because they are in the way of the parents’ drug habit.
Or the wife and mother – a victim of domestic violence – who has no financial autonomy and struggling to start life again after fleeing the abuse.
They are heartbreaking events that are happening in our postcode.
Thanks to everyone who has donated to our appeal. The appeal closes in two days, and if you have been thinking about donating we urge you to do so.
Every dollar will have a life-changing impact on someone in our community.