From the editor: round of applause for worthy cause


Communities thrive on the back of volunteers’ hard work.

We love to focus on, and pay tribute to, the thousands of committed souls across the Hunter Region, who dedicate their time to help others.

Amid National Volunteer Week (18 to 24 May), we’ve shared the story of Chrissy McGuiness – a nurse who joined Camp Quality 14 years ago and went on to become a medical volunteer, where she attends camps and helps children with things like first aid.

Chrissy has been rewarded for her efforts by being named as the regional winner of the Camp Quality Gillard Volunteer of the Year Award.

You’ll find more on that story on page 21.

This week’s cover features Fatality Free Friday, which is coming up on 28 May. Newcastle Traffic and Highway Patrol Command Senior Sergeant Michael Buko knows that “no-one likes us, we’re the bringers of bad news”.

However, he hopes the Fatality Free Friday campaign can send a reminder to drivers that, every time they get behind the wheel, they control a vehicle that can kill someone.

In case you missed it in last week’s column, we are working on returning the TV Guide to our magazine as soon as we can and apologise for any inconvenience caused by its current absence.