FROM the worst of situations we can often see emergence of the best of human nature.

We all know Judy Whicker is a top bird.

And fair enough, there are not too many people who wouldn't have been touched by the plight of the poor dogs that were abused and left for dead.

But to take these poor pooches into her home and help them recover in their convalescence - that's something special.

Undoubtedly, Judy would be feeling a tad embarrassed for the attention.

But it's justly deserved, and what she is doing is the real reason why she has devoted so much of her life and energy to the RSPCA.

Thankfully, she is not alone.

This is an organisation of people whose unwavering dedication to the welfare and care of animals is proudly, yet unassumingly, demonstrated whenever the need arises.

The saddest fact is that there is a need for such care at all.

This region stands tall when it comes to people who are willing to help others.

When the chips are down, that's when we are at our best.

When times are toughest, we are in our element.

Judy Whicker and every single volunteer at the RSPCA are to be commended - as are the thousands of volunteers who make this community tick each and every day.

The other day Allen Winter paid tribute to the army of volunteers we have in this region. How lucky are we?

That's one question.

Another - and one we should all be asking - is whether we are members of that army, and if not, what can we do to enlist?

We all reap the benefits from a wonderful, vibrant community, so it stands to reason there should be an expectation we all give something back - even if in just a small way.

Judy Whicker and her crew set a tremendous example. Plenty could follow in her footsteps.



Woman burnt after throwing petrol on fire

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Paramedics are treating a woman at a Gladstone home.

Man over alcohol limit morning after tequila shots at 21st

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The man drank 12 beers and several tequila shots the night before.

Teen taken to hospital after being winched from bushland

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