Thursday, March 28, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Those With No Place To Call Home

Dorothy sure hit the nail on the head with her ruby slippers, didn't she? "There's no place like home" – but what if you've got more than one 'home' in your heart? Having called Australia and the beautiful Mackay region my home for over 11 years now, I can attest to the truth in that sentiment.
However, my recent 10-day trip back to the land of the long white cloud to farewell a friend was like a breath of fresh air, (or at least a breath of cold air). It's where my family resides, where my childhood memories were made, and where the world’s best fish and chips, pies and lolly cake await.
But amidst the comfort and familiarity of Aotearoa, there's something undeniably special about returning to Mackay. As I gaze out over the islands and palm trees, that familiar sense of belonging washes over me once again. It's a reminder that while Aotearoa will always hold a special place in my heart, Mackay has become my home away from home – a place where new memories are made and where I've forged deep connections with the community.
What about those who don't have a place to call their own? Those who don’t have a comfortable bed or a roof to provide shelter and safety? It's a sobering reality and one which is worsening. Flip to page 26 for more on how the rental crisis in Australia has hit a new low. And on page 8, we're sharing a heartfelt campaign to help a young woman off the streets and into a safe place to live. Plus, on page 7, read up on how you can support a young mother who lost everything in a devastating house fire.
As we approach the long weekend – filled with chocolate, celebrations, and reflections on the resurrection – let's spare a moment for those facing more uncomfortable nights with no place to call home. After all, amidst the festivities, kindness and compassion go a long way in making a place a home, no matter where it may be.


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