Wednesday, June 19, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Editors Note

Hi Everyone,

I hope you’re enjoying the cracking weather we’re having at the moment!

I know Leader of the Opposition David Crisafulli certainly did when he came to the Whitsundays this week and it was great to catch up with him and our local member Amanda Camm for a chat.

Feel free to scan the QR code on the page opposite if you would like to view the full video of our interview.

Every week I am amazed at the stories that come out of our region and this week was no different.

I have been in semi-regular contact with Shell Wardrope, the local mum who tragically lost her leg following a freak accident seven weeks ago.

When she finally arrived home and invited me up to their house for a chat, I was honoured to be welcomed into their home, especially since the family had been through so much and so recently.

When I arrived there I was amazed to discover there was no sense of bitterness, no ‘why me?’ or feeling of injustice (although I’m sure they certainly feel that sometimes too!)

Instead, what I found was an all-embracing sense of gratitude and acceptance – a feeling of making the best of everything life offers, even when something as vital as your leg is taken away.

When I told Shell I’d like to take a photo she asked if I’d like her to stand up and I simply love the photo we captured.

Instead of a weak victim to circumstance you can see Shell’s strong and powerful nature – her shoulders are back, head held high – she is proud to be here and forever grateful to be with her family.

As we all fall victim to occasionally complaining about our lot in life – our achy back, a tough day at work or a runny nose – let’s remember people like Shell who have been through hell and back, but still have a smile on their face.

While every hardship is of course relative and every feeling we have is valid, it sure does put our daily gripes into perspective.


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