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But there's goodness out there - let's enjoy a momentary respite. Photo: Shutterstock

But there's goodness out there - let's enjoy a momentary respite. Photo: Shutterstock

We're dialling it back. Dialling back the frantic start to 2020 and just for a minute and taking a breath.

Yes, of course, we have our health professional-recommended P2 face mask safely attached. But we've found a bunch of things that have made us smile or even feel good about things - for a little while at least.

And that's been pretty tough recently, it's been a hardcore few weeks (for some), months (for others). And, as we know, the crisis is not over yet.

But there's goodness out there - let's enjoy a momentary respite.

Dozens of Elvii took to Pioneer Oval on Friday night for the annual Elvis rugby match.

Dozens of Elvii took to Pioneer Oval on Friday night for the annual Elvis rugby match.

Elvis and rugby - an obvious double act. Well, if you're in Parkes in the NW Central West it is. The now annual rugby match makes up part of the second biggest Elvis festival in the world.

From the side of the road - comes this amazing generosity from Mortlake. When farmer Greg Stephens noticed grass galore along the roadside he knew it could be put to better use.

Four hundred bales later, Mr Stephens is urging others to help the cause in any way they can.

"Sometimes you have to take your own initiative to go and do things, and that's what we've done here,"

Mr Stephens hand-delivered a truckload of hay to Lakes Entrance on Saturday as another two B-double loads were taken to Dubbo. Legend.

For the native animals - quilting groups in the fire-hit region of Macleay, NSW, have been busily working away knitting, crocheting and sewing items for displaced animals. Similar events have taken place in Newcastle and across the nation.

Sew good: The session in Alexandria was a joint project of the The English Tailoress and the the Animal Rescue Hub of Alexandria.

Sew good: The session in Alexandria was a joint project of the The English Tailoress and the the Animal Rescue Hub of Alexandria.

And don't think it's just regional Australia either. The image above is from a "sewing session for injured bushfire animals" in inner-city Sydney yesterday.

The two-day event incorporated hundreds of volunteers, Charlotte Appleby (aka The English Tailoress) and even members of the custome department from the Marvel Comics film Sheng Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings in production at Fox Studios now.

The Illawarra Mercury prompted a smile, too when it published this heartwarming image from Mogo Zoo. The zoo's very existence was threatened as the terrifying Currowan fire bore down. First they survived, now let's hope they thrive.

From Mogo Wildlife park: Mother Chitwah and her newborn cub. Photo: Zookeeper Chad

From Mogo Wildlife park: Mother Chitwah and her newborn cub. Photo: Zookeeper Chad

BlazeAid - this a volunteer-based organisation that works with families and individuals in rural Australia is busier than ever, as you'd expect.

Right now they're active on Kangaroo Island, on the Mid-North Coast of NSW, in Central Victoria and the Upper Murray to name just a few regions.

Then from a completely different perspective, there's Mona Foma. It's a showcase of wonderfulness in Launceston - avant-garde visual, musical and artistic expression plus wining and dining. It's on this week, let The Examiner guide you.

Of course these stories, individually and collectively, plus all the others published across the ACM network do not ease the trauma of our nation. But, for a moment, it could be worthwhile remembering there is good out there.

On a more practical level, the federal government announced $76 million for mental health support on Sunday. It was welcomed by National Mental Health Commission chief Christine Morgan.

"In remarkably distressing times like this, we should expect to feel different," Ms Morgan said. "If you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed or sad please reach out for support. It is really important to talk and connect with others."

Seek out support organisations in your region or always remember those two key numbers: Lifeline 13 11 14 and Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636.

Janine Graham, Digital news editor, ACM

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