Editorial: Reach out to those working these holidays

By Abigail Hartevelt

So Christmas has come and gone for another year and many of you are probably chilling out at the lakes, beach or braving  the shops in the post-Christmas sales _ but spare a thought for those who work on statutory holidays and between Christmas and the New Year.

Now, I'm not having a gripe here as I'm grateful to have a job.

For those of you who do have some time off why not spare a thought for those who have to work on the statutory holidays _  police, ambulance, firefighters, hospital staff, retailers and those in the tourism and hospitality trade _ to name but a few.

It may sound a bit over the top but why not _ if you see a police officer, ambulance officer or firefighter out and about helping keep the city safe during the New Year celebrations _  thank him or her for the work they do. They are, after all, trying to protect us.

If you see a retailer or someone in the hospitality or the tourism industries having a busy day, it doesn't take much to say thanks and give them a smile.

If you're unlucky to have to spend some of your time in hospital over the Christmas/New Year season this year, why not tell those caring for you how you appreciate their help? After all, they are just trying to make sure you get well.



- Rotorua Daily Post

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