Hunter Hero: we want you to vote for your favourite community champion of 2017

THEY are the ones who go above and beyond for the Hunter community, and, more often than not, they are the ones who shy away from the spotlight.

“I’m not a hero,” is the common response.

This year, more than 50 Hunter men, women and children have been profiled as part of Hunter Water Hunter Hero, which appears each Monday.

Despite their assurances to the contrary, many of the men and women profiled over the past year are the ones who make their organisations tick.

They are the ones who rally the troops for a collective cause, they are the ones who step in to fill a void when governments or other powerful groups are missing in action, and they have mustered extraordinary bravery when the situation has demanded it.

This week, you can show your appreciation for these heroes of the Hunter, as voting opens to select the finalists for the overall 2017 Hunter Hero award, which will be presented in a ceremony at the Newcastle Herald-Newcastle Permanent Carols by Candlelight at King Edward Park on December 15.

Read this year’s profiles and vote for your favourite below. Voting closes at noon on Friday.

January

February

March

SELFLESS: Hunter Water's Nick Kaiser presents Centre For Hope founder Geraldine Moran with the Hunter Hero award last year. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

SELFLESS: Hunter Water's Nick Kaiser presents Centre For Hope founder Geraldine Moran with the Hunter Hero award last year. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

April

May

RUNNING FOR MILES: Brendan Walsh is running a marathon for injured footballer Troy Miles. Picture: Marina Neil

RUNNING FOR MILES: Brendan Walsh is running a marathon for injured footballer Troy Miles. Picture: Marina Neil

June

July

August

September

HONOURING THEIR SON: Joe and Belinda Caruso honour the memory of their son.

HONOURING THEIR SON: Joe and Belinda Caruso honour the memory of their son.

October

November