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.
- APRIL 3: Scott Walkom – Why Scott Walkom rode through chilly winds and fiery heat
- APRIL 10: Jeff Forbes – Some hope for people with depression
- APRIL 17: Joe and Belinda Caruso – ‘He would be proud’: son’s legacy lives on
- APRIL 24: Phil Mahoney – Why Phil still believes in the power of people
- MAY 1: Peter McArdle – Aid worker rewarded for his tireless service
- MAY 8: Margaret Dougherty – Ask one question, go home feeling fulfilled
- MAY 15: Kathy Prior – Listen up, it may just change someone’s life
- MAY 22: Lindon Roberts – Making sailing on the lake fun for everyone
- MAY 29: Andrew Dart – A wake up call that is changing lives all over
- JULY 3: Gary Brown – Breaking the cycle one step at a time
- JULY 10: Rebecca Cooper – Bec’s selfless fight to give children hope
- JULY 17: John Cassey – Brighter futures start with a listening ear
- JULY 24: Karen Wallace – Blankets to warm the heart and save the planet
- JULY 31: Gary Mitchell – ‘We’re a free country because of them’
- OCTOBER 2: Peter Alcock – For ‘Uncle’ Pete, it’s all part of the service
- OCTOBER 9: Alessandra Adam and Kobe Benton – Keeping our beaches clean starts with you
- OCTOBER 16: Libby Coughlan – ‘Tireless’ campaigner walks for a cure
- OCTOBER 23: Team Forum, The Forum – On their bikes to remember colleague
- OCTOBER 30: Lou Timms – After 53 years, caring Lou has earned break
- NOVEMBER 6: RIMA Tip Top and RKM Rollers – Rolling it out: dash of pink for Hunter mines
- NOVEMBER 13: Frank Hocking – Breaking the stigma: one bike ride at a time
- NOVEMBER 20: Allan Nicholls – Men’s health: open up to an inconvenient truth
- NOVEMBER 27: Jillian Dwyer – Challenges, triumphs of giving up your time