Even in toughest times, city shows its heart

There’s plenty that we can dislike around us today. Sometimes it seems that our pages are filled with vandalism, violence and police reports.

So when we get the chance, it’s important we take the time to embrace the good that is going on.

And there’s no greater example of that than the fundraising for injured East Maitland Griffins rugby league player Nathan Pili (pictured).

Nathan was injured in a recent game while playing for his beloved East Griffins all age side.

It was a run of the mill tackle but this time Nathan felt agonising pain and numbness.

He was taken to Maitland Hospital, then on to the the neurology department of John Hunter Hospital where it was revealed he had suffered spinal contusion, three bulging discs and nerve damage.

He had little movement and no sensation in his left leg, and no movement or sensation in high right.

Right now Nathan and his family wait to learn the full extent of the damage. Will the nerves improve totally, partially, or not at all? It’s a worrying time for all, and he is in significant pain.

But his mates have rallied around and set up an online fundraising page to help offset some of the hospital costs – GoFundMe that has already raised more than $4000.

It’s a little like the support the Maitland Blacks gave when Dom Punch was injured playing a grand final last season.

This weekend local gym, Adam Prowse Personal Training, will host a benefit boot camp for the son and widow of rigger Tim Macpherson who was killed on a Sydney work site earlier this year.

Ashleigh Macpherson is a member of the gym and Prowse said the boot camp is about bringing the community together and supporting Ashleigh and her son Jack.

In May we brought you the story of terminally ill mum Karin Reynolds. It was an emotional month for the Metford community members who spearheaded the renovation of Karin’s home.

Karin passed away from cancer shortly after the renovation. She lived in public housing with her children and wanted to leave behind a clean, safe home for her family after she died. Local businesses and tradespeople donated equipment, skills and material for the project.

Say what you like, Maitland has a big heart and can hold its head high.

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