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George Laird, 94, with his great-granddaughter, Freya Laird, 2 months.

George Laird, 94, with his great-granddaughter, Freya Laird, 2 months.

Praise for kind-hearted public

Goodwill is alive and well in Bowral.

I was driving to a family wedding in Kangaroo Valley on Saturday, October 28 with my wife and elderly father.

We had stopped at a service station in Bowral where my father fell whilst using a wheelie walker.

Numerous pedestrians and passing motorists stopped to ask if we were okay, needed an ambulance etc.

We managed to get dad up and into the car - no major damage - and made the wedding in time!

Four generations were present at the wedding - from my father aged 94 to his great-granddaughter aged two months.

We were very grateful to those people who offered assistance, especially a strong young man and a nurse.

Kindness and caring of strangers is alive and well in Bowral.

Paul Laird

Thanks for the support

I am writing to thank Southern Highland News and the Southern Highland community for their support of McHappy Day in 2017 - the largest annual fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC).

The Southern Highland community helped us celebrate 26 years of McHappy Day and raise a record breaking $4 million for RMHC.

These donations equate to more than 30,000 nights of accommodation at a Ronald McDonald House, ensuring that Aussie families get to stay together while their sick or injured child undergoes treatment.

Throughout the country we saw communities, such as Southern Highland residents, help to raise vital funds for RMHC.

We saw local bucket brigades, Scout groups, emergency services as well as sporting and TV personalities visiting McDonald’s restaurants, to help make a difference.

I want to personally say a big thank you to everyone in the Southern Highland community, who got involved last weekend, making generous donations that helped McHappy Day raise more money than ever before.

Fundraising efforts like this are crucial to helping RMHC continue to expand programs and services to families who need them, as many of the Ronald McDonald Houses across the country have waiting lists, and are unable to accommodate everyone who needs help.

With so many Aussie kids requiring treatment, every donation goes a long way to keep families close together in their toughest times.

You can continue to support families in need by donating to rmhc.org.au all year round.

Thank you again to Southern Highland News and the local community for all your help on McHappy Day.

Barbara Ryan

CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities Australia

Losing ‘traditional values’

Australians with traditional views about family and human life issues are pretty much un-represented in our parliaments.

The federal coalition government consists largely of turn-coats and wishy-washies.

The only party leader is clearly defending conservative values seems to be Mr Bernardi.

Blaming this situation on “a decline of belief in religion” isn’t good enough.

What we’ve let ourselves lose isn’t only religion.

The emotive arguments used by same-sex marriage and euthanasia activists are simply not rational.

Yes, we’re under pressure to give up on reason itself.

Arnold Jago

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